In Brief

Guggenheim reaches agreement with union

New York City

17 February 2021

Around 18 months after negotiations began, New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has signed an agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30.

The new three-year deal will see salaries increase by around 10 per cent over the life of the contract; employees will not be required to contribute to health insurance premiums; and scheduling and safety procedure will be improved.

The three-year agreement covers 22 full-time employees as well as 145 on-call staffers from the museum's facilities, maintenance and art handling crews.

“We are pleased to have reached a contract agreement,” said Richard Armstrong, the Guggenheim’s director. “I am grateful to our skilled colleagues who are members of IUOE Local 30 for their contributions towards fulfilling the museum’s mission. I look forward to an ongoing productive relationship with these talented employees and their union representatives.”

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 was formed in 2019, after Guggenheim workers voted to form the museum's first union.

“Our collective struggle to unionize led to negotiating a historic contract that raises working conditions,” said William Lynn, a Local 30 vice president. “With the Guggenheim, we will continue to improve standards together.”