Unions for All: Unionizing Museum and Arts Workers
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Unionizing Museum and Arts Workers. Contact list. Shared by Art + Museum Transparency (@amtransparency, artandmuseumtransparency@gmail.com). Thank you to the AFL-CIO Department of Professional Employees (@DEPaflcio) for assembling the contact information from their affiliated unions and to the union organizers listed here for offering to speak to workers in our sector. We would like to add to this list. If you are an organizer interested/equipped to help us unionize in museums and arts organizations, please contact us by email or twitter to add your information below.
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American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Mike Blossermblosser@afscme.org(202) 429-1278AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with over 1.4 million members. We are nurses, corrections officers, childcare providers, EMTs, sanitation workers, museum workers and more. AFSCME also is the union for museum workers, with over 80 collective bargaining agreements that include museum workers which includes 21 private museums such as the Museum of Tolerance, the American Museum of Natural History, Milwaukee Public Museum, and Detroit Historical Society, the Met, and most recently at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. AFSCME as well has recently filed a union petitions at the Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) in Los Angeles and is currently waiting for a ULP response to union-busting tactics from MAF owners and GUESS founders, the Marciano brothers. Over Black Friday, AFSCME, together with MAF workers, led a national informational picket in over 12 states with hundreds of union and community members showing up at GUESS stores nationwide in solidarity of MAF workers and to call to light the history of worker exploitation and union busting by the Marciano family. More info at http://supportmafunion.orghttps://www.afscme.org/
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American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)Ann LevieAnn.Levie@afge.org(240) 274-5795AFGE is the largest Federal employee union in the U.S, representing hundreds of thousands of federal workers, including hundreds of museum employees across the country at Smithsonian Museums and the National Archives and Record Administration.https://www.afge.org/
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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)Jason Woodwardjwoodward@iamaw.org(301) 967-3615With nearly 600,000 active and retired members, the IAM is one of the largest and most diverse labor unions in North America, representing working people in heavy industry, aerospace, the federal government, transportation and many other industries.https://www.goiam.org/
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International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE)Daniel Littledlittle@iatse.net215-952-2106 x105Founded in 1893, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents workers in the arts and entertainment industry. Our members work in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, museums, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support these areas. The IATSE is the largest arts and entertainment union in the world.https://www.iatse.net/
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)Jammi JuarezJammi_Juarez@ibew.org(202) 728-6098The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. In October, the staff of the New Children's Museum in San Diego voted to join the IBEW.http://www.ibew.org/Join-the-IBEW
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International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)Paul Thurstonpthurston@ifpte.org(206) 462-8254IFPTE represents more than 80,000 working people in the United States and Canada working in a diversity of professional and technical occupations across the federal, public, private and nonprofit sectors.https://www.joinifpte.org/
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Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)Cindy Schucschu@opeiu.org(206) 798-1067A national union, OPEIU represents museum workers at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Uniting nonprofit employees in the arts, community based direct services and advocacy organizations is a major initiative for OPEIU. Museum workers and OPEIU activists in the San Francisco Bay Area have created an organizing resources project here: https://jessalynaaland.com/Organizing-Power-2019www.opeiu.org
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United Steelworkers (USW)Mariana Padiasmpadias@usw.org(412) 562-5019The USW proudly reprsents 1.2 million workers in nearly every industry and sector in the United States and Canada.https://www.usw.org/
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