Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Art Institute of Chicago Workers Ratify First Contract

Members of Art Institute of Chicago Workers United reach tentative agreement on new contract.

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Members of Art Institute of Chicago Workers United, an affiliate of AFSCME, have secured their first union contract with the museum. The contract includes pay raises, new career opportunities and affordable health care while protecting workers' rights on the job for four years. The 500-plus members of the museum and its affiliated school, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, have been in negotiations for over a year. The union began plans for a strike, then the museum presented a bargaining contract, which was accepted.