The Tenement Museum Union has filed a grievance with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board in opposition to the Decrease East Facet museum, accusing its management of unfair labor practices. The grievance was filed on July 24, two days after the museum laid off 76 staff, which included its complete workers of part-time educators. Of the union’s over 80 members earlier than the pandemic, solely 12 stay employed by the museum.
The complaint, filed by UAW Native 2110 on behalf of the employees, accuses the museum of shedding staff with out discover or severance, refusing to cut price in good religion throughout the ongoing contract negotiations between the 2 sides, and withholding info from the union.
Earlier this week, the union despatched a letter to the museum’s board members, urging them to rescind the layoffs and “bargain in good faith with our union for our right to return to our positions when they are restored.”
“We are […] deeply dismayed that the Museum has now permanently laid us off, severing our employment status, without notice, severance, or bargaining with our union,” the letter says. “The statements and conduct of some Museum representatives have made it all too clear that the pandemic closure is being used as an opportunity to circumvent our unionization.”
A spokesperson for the Tenement Museum declined to touch upon the “legal aspects” of the previous staff’ claims, however supplied to “speak to the human element” with the next assertion:
These are extraordinarily troublesome instances, we are able to perceive the ache and anger of those former staff. Nonetheless, we took these steps to place us in the perfect place to keep up the long run viability of the establishment. The longer term stays unsure together with the Museum’s working mannequin because the pandemic continues and after. We’ll proceed as we have now from the start to cut price with the union in good religion.
In March, 13 full-time staff have been laid off; 40 full-time and 76-part time staff have been furloughed; and eight members of senior administration workers have been partially furloughed. The museum obtained a $1.four million mortgage from the CARES Act Paycheck Safety Program (PPP) in April, which was used to recall the 40 furloughed full-time staff. The museum’s part-time educators and hourly staff in its retail, advertising, and customer companies division didn’t profit from the mortgage.
Pleading with the board members, the employees write, “We ask you to ensure that the Tenement Museum lives up to its professed mission of educating about the important historical struggle of immigrants for labor and human rights in this country by recognizing the rights of the Museum’s own unionized workforce.”