Around noon Monday visitors to the Museum of Modern Art
(MoMA) were greeted by chants of “Ancient wages! Modern art!” and a rendition of the famous union song “Solidarity Forever.” Some 100 members of United Auto Workers Local 2110
, the union that represents the largest number of MoMA employees (about 260 in total), were demonstrating ahead of Tuesday’s negotiations with the museum’s administration, which come two and a half months after the workers’ contract expired.
“We are the unionized workers of MoMA! We are curators, librarians, visitor services, stewards, accounting, and we are in contract negotiations,” said Maida Rosenstein, the president of Local 2110. “This action is all about showing our solidarity and unity as union membership… we’re going to do it again and again and again until they make a fair contract offer.”