Union organising

With the threat of cuts, unions get militant in UK museums—and their membership is growing rapidly

Workers are increasingly turning to collective bargaining, industrial action and representation by trade unions

After strike and with a hard-won new contract, Philadelphia Museum of Art employees go back to work

Following a contentious few weeks that capped two years of negotiations, workers and administrators are eager to move forward, even if some sore spots remain

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers reach contract agreement, ending three-week strike

Following two years of negotiations and a historic strike by the museum’s unionised workers, employees and leaders agreed to a contract

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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

London museums close galleries as temperatures reach record high

Staff union claims it pressured the V&A and British Museum to take special measures

Dia Art Foundation staff announce intentions to unionise

The proposed union would consist of 135 professional and non-professional staff at Dia sites in New York, Beacon, Long Island and New Mexico

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

New York’s Jewish Museum announces formation of a union

The unionisation follows similar decisions made by the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and others

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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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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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State of the unions: why US museum workers are mobilising against their employers

With the arts sector increasingly vulnerable in the wake of the pandemic, a new breed of digitally optimised worker is emerging

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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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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

Curators, conservators and educators at the Guggenheim seek to unionise

A United Auto Workers local that represents employees at several other museums files a petition on their behalf for a union vote

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

Whitney voluntarily recognises a union local, sparing employees the need to organise a vote

From curators to porters, more than 180 workers are involved in the effort as labour campaigns multiply among US art institutions