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A company like UOVO, that counts on doing business with city-funded, pro-union institutions like the Met, and that has asked the city’s tax-payers to help subsidize their expansion into my district, should be expected to treat their workers with respect [. . .] They should recognize their union immediately. If they continue to hold captive audience meetings and engage in anti-union tactics, then I think it’s our obligation as city and state officials to reexamine all of their dealings with public institutions and public funding.
UOVO is committed to our team and supports their rights. As industry leaders, we are proud of the unparalleled skill level of our art handlers, and the work they perform with the world's most recognized museums, collectors and institutions. We value our work culture and the direct communication with our colleagues across departments. Ultimately, any decision to introduce third-party representation rests with the affected team members and we will respect their choices.
Something is happening in the art world now. [. . .] Workers are realizing their value and realizing that they have the power to change their situation for the better. That’s why so many art workers are organizing and unionizing. And that’s why we’re so proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these workers and help them transform their lives and help transform this industry.