Workers at the Whitney Museum Move to Form a Union

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Reprinted from The New York Times by Colin Moynihan on May 17, 2021.

Employees of the Whitney Museum of American Art are the latest group of museum workers in New York City to take steps toward forming a union.

They are also the most recent example of museum employees who have chosen to organize under the wing of a union not everyone would associate with the art world: the United Automobile Workers.

A petition asking for a union vote was filed on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board by the Technical, Office, and Professional Union, Local 2110 UAW.

Maida Rosenstein, the president of Local 2110, said Monday that the proposed bargaining unit at the Whitney included about 180 employees, among them curators, conservators, editors and porters. …

NY Times 5/17

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