Museum Maintenance Workers Seeking Pay Increases
Building maintenance crew at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA PS1) in Long Island City, NY, are seeking a new contract that pays them a similar hourly rate as their counterparts working at MoMA in New York, NY, Hyperallergic reports.
The MoMA PS1 maintenance workers and art installers, both members of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30, held a recent protest outside the museum to call attention to their ongoing contract struggle. Although MoMA PS1 is a satellite of the museum in New York’s Manhattan borough and the workers are all part of the same union, crews at MoMA PS1 are paid between US$20-$30 per hour, while crews at MoMA receive up to $47 an hour.
Union representatives have been negotiating with museum management since the PS1 workers’ contract expired October 31. Union reps say although minimum pay rates have not gone up in the last three years, they are hopeful they can negotiate a higher rate. Museum officials said in a statement that they are committed to reaching a new contract with Local 30 and have made progress in negotiations.