Philadelphia Museum of Art workers’ union votes to authorize strike

AFSCME DC 47 Local 397 gave near-unanimous permission for the union to go on strike if it is called for
A rally in July 2022 for AFSCME DC 47 Local 397 union members who work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A rally in July 2022 for AFSCME DC 47 Local 397 union members who work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo credit Nina Baratti/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's workers' union have voted to open the door to a possible strike.

In a vote, AFSCME DC 47 Local 397 has given permission for the union to go on strike if it is called for, to help negotiate a contract with management.

The union said that 99% of those present voted to authorize the strike, with no members voting against it.

The union added they have been going back and forth with museum officials since October 2020 and are still working on a first contract since unionizing.

They also allege that museum leadership has committed eight different violations of federal labor law and engaged in what Local 397 leaders call union busting.

The vote does not guarantee a strike, only that members authorize it if is called for.

The museum did not initially offer a response Tuesday evening.

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