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Mass MoCA, union come to agreement after 14 months

Dec 15, 2022 12:30 am

Greta Jochem is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle the union that represents employees at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams has a contract. “After 14 months of bargaining, our members voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying our first contract! We’re proud of having secured a strong agreement that we can build on,” the union wrote on its social media page on December 12. “We are so grateful for everyone who helped get us here.” Employees voted In April 2021 to form a union with UAW Local 2110, AFL-CIO. The union has about 100 people employed in a variety of jobs at the museum, including curators, box office staff, office workers and custodians. The contract was ratified by union members in late November. The pact includes “meaningful wage increases for the majority of the membership,” said Maro Elliott, a member of the union’s bargaining committee who works as a manager of institutional giving at the museum. “We are looking forward to supporting a stronger and more equitable Mass MoCA because of our efforts,” Elliott said. Kristy Edmunds, director of the museum, said in a statement, “This contract is a result of the willingness of each party to listen and genuinely consider the other’s objectives and concerns....” The agreement provides substantive pay increases, among other benefits, the museum said in a statement. As a result of frustration with the state of contract negotiations, the union staged a one-day strike in mid-August. That brief strike helped advance the union’s goals, Elliott said. The union has also filed unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, and one resulted in a retroactive pay bump after not receiving an expected raise. Read full story in The Berkshire Eagle.

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