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After Protests, Months of Negotiations, MoMA Union Reaches Contract Agreement

After months of negotiations and protests at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the MoMA Local 2110 union has announced that it reached an agreement on a new contract with the museum’s administration. In addition to increasing wages by 3 percent, the new five-year contract updates health care benefits and preserves the seniority step program that provides raises for employees after a certain period of time—an element the museum originally sought to remove. 

Maida Rosenstein, president of United Auto Workers Local 2110, said in a statement: “We attribute the museum’s retractions in no small part to the dedicated efforts and perseverance of our members, who have spent months volunteering their time to our activism and turning out in record numbers to participate in collective actions, as well as to the resounding vocal support from our colleagues, friends, and the public at large.”

“MoMA has an extraordinary staff and we are pleased with the fair and amicable resolution we reached with Local 2110,” said a MoMA spokesperson in a statement. “We believe this five-year contract will keep our dedicated staff and the museum on a path of financial stability and future growth.”

Paid family leave, tuition benefits, and commissions for employees in MoMA’s retail and visitor engagement departments were also improved, according to a release from the union, which currently represents around 250 employees. Under the new contract, union officials are authorized to discuss the union with new employees during orientation. 

The bargaining between the museum and the union—which lasted 122 days—drew increased attention after passionate protests by the union, first at MoMA’s “Party in the Garden” gala in May and then earlier this month, when hundreds of MoMA employees gathered in the museum’s lobby and carried signs that read “#MoMA Solidarity” and “#WeAreMoMA.”