End the Unfair Lockout of Teamster Art Handlers
  • Petitioned Chancellor Kent Prof. of Law @ Columbia & Sotheby's Chairman Michael Sovern

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Chancellor Kent Prof. of Law @ Columbia & Sotheby's Chairman Michael Sovern

End the Unfair Lockout of Teamster Art Handlers

    1. Petition by

      Mara Kravitz

      New York, NY

As students, staff, and faculty of Columbia, we are outraged by the attempts of Sotheby's auction house to destroy good middle class jobs at a time when New Yorkers need them most. After posting over $680 million dollars in gross profit last year, Sotheby's recklessly locked out their professional art handlers and is now demanding, among other things, that all new hires be low wage, non-union workers with no rights on the job, no heath care and no retirement. The auction house is also demanding major economic concessions as well.

We, the undersigned, call on Columbia Law Professor and Sotheby's Chairman Michael Sovern to end the lockout and stand up for good middle class jobs. New York can't afford to have more hard working families pushed into the unemployment lines, and Columbia University can't afford to be associated with such shameful and destructive behavior.

Mr. Sovern, WE DEMAND THAT YOU END THE LOCKOUT AND SETTLE THIS CONTRACT!
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Sincerely,

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    • Dave B WOODLAND, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

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    • Sharene Hawthorne-Rene NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Workers at Sotheby's have already fought to make their jobs decent and respectable; why under mine that? Why destroy a livelihood that people have become proud of, that people deserve to be proud of, when what makes it so is not even of consequence to you?

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    • Daria Mazey NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Professor Sovern:

      I am an MPA student at Columbia and personal friends with many of the locked out workers at Sotheby's. I know how hard this has been on them and their families. Their refusal to accept concessions on the heels of such amazing profits is heroic in a time when corporate greed threatens to unhinge the U.S. economy and way of life as we know it. You are in a unique position to help right this wrong. Please help broker honest negotiation on the part of Sotheby's. Sotheby's refusal to negotiate in good faith reflects poorly on you as Chairman. Step in. Stand for fair treatment of the workers who contribute to your success.

      Sincerely,

      Daria Mazey

      MPA in Environmental Science and Policy '11

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    • Harrison Magee FLORAL PARK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      It's shameful that the limited and exclusive group of those in control of the country's wealth also control access to its most vital institutions. The same way that Columbia University allows for wealthy elites to profit from the advancement of science and education, Sotheby's profits not for, but in spite of humanity-- the very spirit of which is captured in and conveyed most sincerely through works of art. Their reprehensible attacks on union workers are attacks on human dignity. They must end immediately.

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    • Daniel Alonso NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Solidarity from México, mis comaradas! Arriba los trabajadores! down with the corporate-university complex!

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