New Museum Union Protests on the Bowery as Contract Negotiations Continue
Members of the nascent New Museum workers union congregated on the Bowery yesterday evening to protest alleged mistreatment by management. The vocal stunt went down as the institution’s summer exhibitions opened to the public.
The disgruntled distributed leaflets alleging the New Museum had “disparaged” the group’s health care and wage proposals, and that the museum wouldn’t allow the union to meet on its premises.
At one point, traffic on the Bowery was disrupted.
According to Art News, this protest action was a result of “ongoing tension between the union and management” of the New Museum during contract negotiations. It follows a week after 70 staff members signed a letter to New Museum director Lisa Phillips urging her to meet the union’s demands.
Staff members organized back in January, and voted to unionize under Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers. The goal is better wages – entry level salaries start at $35,000 – and shorter hours.