Recent News

Philadelphia Museum of Art Union Organizing Committee

New report reveals cultural institutions laid off thousands of workers despite receiving over a billion in pandemic relief

October 4, 2021

A report by AFSCME Cultural Workers United (CWU), “Cultural Institutions Cashed In, Workers Got Sold Out,” finds that cultural workers with union representation were more protected from workforce reductions and better able to negotiate for safe working conditions.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Union Organizing Committee

Philadelphia museum workers overwhelmingly vote to form a union

August 18, 2020

It wasn’t easy, but workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art persisted – and now have their own union.

Group photo of Marciano Art Foundation workers

AFSCME Council 36 reaches settlement with owners of shuttered art foundation

July 22, 2020

The decision comes following months of negotiations and in response to the museum’s sudden closure in November 2019, just three days after employees informed management of their intent to unionize and join AFSCME.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art staffers seek to unite through AFSCME

June 8, 2020

Workers want to make sure that the museum, when it reopens, serves the best interests of not just visitors and the community, but also of its workers.

DC 37's Cultural Trust

Cultural Trust Restores Union’s Legal Services

February 3, 2020

Beginning March 1, DC 37 will resume offering legal services to members employed at and who have retired from New York City’s cultural institutions.

LA's Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA will voluntarily recognize new employee union; Marciano closure is permanent

December 6, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles said Friday that it would voluntarily recognize a new union formed by more than 100 visitor services employees.

Member of Local 1559

Local 1559 Members Win Promotions and Pay Hike at American Museum of Natural History

December 6, 2019

DC 37 resolved pay disputes and retention issues for three members of Local 1559 after the management of the American Museum of Natural History agreed to promote the Preparators and pay them $27,000 collectively.

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and AFSCME members at the Library of Congress

The World’s Largest Library: Powered by AFSCME Members

September 23, 2019

Join Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and AFSCME Local 2910 Chief Steward David Fernández-Barrial on a behind-the-scenes tour of the library, featuring exclusive items from its Rare Books and Special Collections Division.

AFSCME DC 20 member at a Washington, DC public library

Celebrating Black History Month: Touring Washington, D.C.’s Murals

February 26, 2019

In this video, Washington, D.C. library education specialist Toni White-Richardson takes us on a tour of some incredible murals depicting African-Americans who played key roles in our nation’s history.