Sep 26, 2022 - News

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers to strike as contract talks stall

Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty

The union representing Philadelphia Museum of Art employees will go on strike Monday over failed contract negotiations.

Driving the news: DC47 Local 397 — which represents more than 165 museum workers including gallery installers, conservationists and member services employees — called for the work stoppage over salary and health care issues on Friday.

Yes, but: The museum is expected to remain open despite the strike.

The big picture: The strike comes at a time when the museum is in the midst of leadership changes and preparing for a major installation.

Flashback: Union members, who've been negotiating with the museum on a new contract for two years, held a one-day "warning" strike earlier this month.

What they're saying: Adam Rizzo, DC47 Local 397 president and museum educator, told Axios that the museum's contract proposals for wage increases were "insulting" as union members struggle with rising inflation and high health care costs.

  • Low wages have also fueled an exodus of museum employees in recent months, he said.
  • "Management has been digging in their heels and they're not offering anything that will improve the lives of the workers," Rizzo said.

Norman Keyes, a museum spokesperson, did not return Axios' request for comment.

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