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    Default Philadelphia Museum of Art schedules a union election

    I am sure the size and scope of these large museums require a large and talented staff. Sounds like good news to some, yet there will be lay-offs.

    Amid Mass Furloughs, Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Schedule Union Election
    Following a month of negotiations, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Union has reached an agreement with the institution’s leadership, and a mail-in union election has been scheduled for July. The news comes only days after PMA’s announcement that it would cut more than 100 employees, or over 20% of its workforce, via a combination of furloughs and voluntary separation agreements.

    Many of the furloughs consist of visitor services representatives, front of house staff, and other workers. In a significant accomplishment in the wake of these staff reductions, furloughed workers will still be able to vote in the union election along with their non-furloughed colleagues. Furloughed employees’ votes will also count even if they are laid off mid-election, a move that may become necessary as the museum grapples with a $6.5 million budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.
    Cook says an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was filed on May 22. The group asked museum leadership to voluntarily recognize the union that same day, but PMA declined. The museum has sought the guidance of its long-term counsel, Philadelphia-based corporate law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a reputed “union avoidance” firm.
    The union election is slated to take place by mail, with ballots going out on July 9, due on July 30, and counted August 6.
    https://hyperallergic.com/573466/pma...nion-election/

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    Default Re: Philadelphia Museum of Art schedules a union election

    Is this a trend ? Museum staff wanting to organize ? They make some valid points.

    Carnegie Museum Workers Announce Organizing Campaign to Join USW
    PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2020 Workers from across four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh locations announced on Monday, June 29, that they will be conducting an election to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.
    Presenting themselves as the United Museum Workers, the group of more than 500 scientists, educators, art handlers, front staff, gift shop clerks, event ushers, and other workers said, in their mission statement, "We are proud future members of the United Steelworkers union, whose members built the fortune of our museum's founder."
    DiDonna also said that although working at a prestigious, mission-driven nonprofit is often a labor of love, many of the workers struggle to make ends meet. "Prestige doesn't pay the rent," she said.
    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...301086124.html

 

 

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