Philadelphia Museum of Art workers strike again

The picketers chanted “No contract: No peace. No contract: No Matisse. The Art Museum will open a major international exhibition of the work of early modernist Henri Matisse in three weeks, on October 20.

The museum remains open to visitors. Museum management said it was negotiating in good faith and offered reasonable wages and benefits, including a pay rise of 8.5% over the next 10 months and 11% by July 1. 2024, four weeks of paid parental leave and job security protections that will keep unionized jobs permanent rather than relying on temporary workers.

State Senator Nikil Saval and his children speak with Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. (Tom MacDonald/WHY)

“The museum remains committed to reaching a collective bargaining agreement that is both fair to our staff and responsible for the long-term sustainability of this important Philadelphia institution,” a museum spokesperson said in a statement. “We have worked hard to achieve this and reached tentative agreements on more than 25 substantive issues during the negotiations.”

On the picket line, curator Amanda Bock said workers were leaving the museum to seek better wages at other museums.

Mildred D. Field