Jun 14, 2024 | News Story

American Folk Art Museum Staff Vote Unanimously to Join UAW 2110

Staff at the American Folk Art Museum have voted unanimously to unionize with UAW Local 2110. The wall-to-wall unit includes curators, retail staff, educators, IT, communication staff, and others. The Museum is the latest in a growing movement of museum workers to organize. Staff members cited lack of transparency and a desire for fair wages, benefits, recognition, and sustainable working conditions as reasons for unionizing. The American Folk Art Museum, located at 2 Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side, has existed for over fifty years.

“I love the Museum, its exhibitions and programs,” said Jean Seestadt, Manager of Events, “but I want employment here to be sustainable over a longer period. We’ve seen too many great colleagues leave.”

“This obviously is a very strong vote,” says Maida Rosenstein, director of organising at United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110. “There is a lot of unity among the staff of the museum and we’re all looking forward to productive collective bargaining with the museum.” Read more in The Art Newspaper.