Settle a fair contract with MoMA staff
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Despite the fact that The Museum of Modern Art has an endowment of $1 billion and has in recent years brought in record visitors, memberships, and retail sales, MoMA is demanding deep cuts to its staff's health care benefits and pushing to keep wages down.
We are approximately 280 MoMA employees in the P.A.S.T.A./Local 2110 union. We are curators, educators, visitor assistants, salespeople, registrars, librarians, researchers, designers, photographers, editors, conservators, accountants, and more. (You can see our campaign on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/momalocal2110) Some of us make as little as $29,000 per year—barely above New York’s poverty line—and our average salary is $49,000. Without a secure benefits package or adequate wages, we cannot continue to make ends meet in New York City.
We love our work and are proud to contribute to one of the finest museums in the world. And we deserve a fair contract.
MoMA management is insisting it can't afford the cost of our health care, but according to the most recent tax records available, the museum’s Director Glenn Lowry was given an unprecedented compensation package of nearly $3.4 million. The total compensation for senior management averaged $543,759. And next year MoMA will embark on its second major building expansion in 15 years.
In a time of great wealth for MoMA, it is indisputable that its staff should be compensated fairly. Please urge The Museum of Modern Art to keep staff health care benefits intact, pay appropriate wages, and to settle a fair contract immediately.
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