Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our regular Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.
On Aug. 7, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) sent a letter of solidarity and support to 150 workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) who are seeking union representation with Machinists (IAM) Local Lodge 66. “By raising your voices together for dignity and respect, you help guarantee that the Milwaukee Art Museum lives up to its prestigious reputation. Strong unions and good collective bargaining agreements lift up all workers, creating a vibrant economy and recovery for all,” she wrote. “I wish you strength and solidarity in the ongoing efforts to create a workplace where your voices will be heard.” MAM workers join a recent wave of art museum organizing campaigns across the country, including workers at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and, most recently, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where 89% of workers voted to unionize.