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Brooklyn Museum workers rally at open house to call attention to stalled contract negotiations

Unionised workers lined the main entryway to the museum as visitors arrived for after-hours programming

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Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are on strike 'until we get the contract we deserve'

After a one-day strike failed to move negotiations forward, unionised workers at the museum have begun an indefinite strike

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers hold one-day strike

The strike by unionised employees of the museum was intended to put pressure on the administration amid protracted contract negotiations

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Staff at the Dia Art Foundation vote overwhelmingly in favour of forming a union

More than 90% of workers voted to form a union at the institution, which operates spaces in Manhattan, Beacon and the Hamptons, as well as site-specific works in Manhattan, Utah, New Mexico and Germany

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Mass Moca workers walk off the job for one-day strike

Unionised employees of the North Adams, Massachusetts museum sought to pressure the institution’s administration amid ongoing contract negotiations

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Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art vote to form a wall-to-wall union

In a vote on 14 July, 89 workers voted to unionise while 29 voted to not, making the museum the latest US art institution to join the labour movement

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After 18 months of negotiations, MFA Boston workers reach their first union contract

The contract was approved by 87% of union members and ensures double-digit wage and salary increases over the next three years

Faculty at the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California vote to form union

Faculty at the school voted 60% in favour of forming the union, which will represent some 700 people

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Unionised Philadelphia Museum of Art workers rally to push contract negotiations forward

Negotiations between the union and museum leadership have been ongoing since October 2020

Starbucks workers rally outside Museum of Modern Art gala amid nationwide union negotiations

Demonstrators gathered outside the museum's annual Party in the Garden gala to confront honouree Mellody Hobson, chair of the Starbucks board, who they claim is complicit in the company's union-busting efforts

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Unionised workers at MOCA Los Angeles ratify first contract with museum

Negotiations between museum leadership and the union had repeatedly been delayed due to Covid-19, administrative shakeups and more issues

Whitney Museum workers protest outside the institution’s fundraising gala over union contract negotiations

Around 100 demonstrators rallied outside the institution during its gala, hoping to give greater urgency to ongoing negotiations with museum leaders

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Non-tenured faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hold rally in support of union push

If successful, they would join staff at the school and its namesake museum who voted overwhelmingly in favour of unionising in January

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Staff, faculty and students at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts hold rally amid union vote and negotiations

The rally comes as faculty who have already unionised seek to secure their first contract and staff members undertake a vote to form their own union

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California College of the Arts and two unions reach agreements on new contracts

The agreements come after many months of negotiations and a strike in February

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Whitney Museum staff protest against stalled contract negotiations at biennial’s VIP opening

Guests arriving at Tuesday’s reception were handed leaflets explaining the current state of negotiations between the newly formed union and museum administration

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Can New York's imminent salary transparency law pierce the art world's smokescreen?

City council's move to enforce wage disclosures in job adverts could usher in a sea change at major US cultural institutions—challenging persistent pay inequality in the sector

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Workers at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts move to form union

Staff at the arts centre recently informed the administration of their intention to unionise with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

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California College of the Arts workers go on strike

Staff, faculty and students have joined the picket lines, some over protracted contract negotiations, others in solidarity with their colleagues

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Employees at New York City’s Jewish Museum vote to unionise

The union, if approved, will cover include workers across front-facing, administrative and curatorial departments, among others

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Employees at the Art Institute of Chicago museum and school vote to join union

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will now represent 266 employees at the museum and another 249 at the school

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Two years after forming union, MOCA Los Angeles employees still negotiating first contract with museum leaders

Negotiations have been delayed, with wages proving a major sticking point and with administrators proposing increases well below union members’ demands

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MFA Boston workers who unionised go on strike

More than 200 workers at the museum are striking for a day in protest of stalled contract negotiations

‘Build back beautifully’: new bill aims to support arts jobs with $300m federal grants and commissions programme

The bipartisan Creative Economy Revitalization Act is inspired by the New Deal-era Works Progress Association and the 1970s Comprehensive Employment and Training Act

Workers at the Hispanic Society vote overwhelmingly to unionise

Employees at the New York institution join a phalanx of museum workers in the region seeking representation

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Brooklyn Museum employees seek to form a union bargaining unit

The labour chapter would represent 130 curators, conservators, front-desk staff and others

The first ‘wall to wall’ museum union in the US turns one year old

Staff labour organisers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art reflect on their accomplishments

Employees at the Whitney and Hispanic Society seek to unionise

Job stability and ongoing inequities have become even more pressing during the pandemic, workers say

Mexico's culture crisis: pandemic leads to budget cuts that leave many workers unpaid while vanity projects receive millions

The ministry of culture has lost 75% of its funding, threatening the long-term survival of the country’s publicly funded museums and heritage sites