New Museum and its Workers Union Reach Agreement

Posted on: October 4th, 2019 at 5:10 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

After several months of negotiations and the palpable threat of a strike last week, the New Musuem and the New Museum’s union have reached an agreement.

The new contact is valid as of last Tuesday through June 30, 2024, and gives union members a new wage structure, allows for more time off, provides reduced employee health care contributions, and protects employees with new additional workplace safety measures.

The new wage structure isn’t what the union had initially wanted (minimum annual wage of $51,000 for full-time employees) but instead is tiered, consisting of four grades; full-time employees are eligible to receive a minimum annual salary between $46,000 to $68,500 a year, while regular part-time employees are eligible to receive between $20.50 and $22.50 per hour.

“This isn’t a one-off,” Dana Kopel, a senior editor and publications coordinator at the museum, told ARTnews. “It’s really amazing that workers in the art world and the cultural sector are coming together to make changes, to make it a more equitable workplace. That obviously means better benefits, but it also means have a voice in the place you work.”

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