May 27, 2024

Shop Steward Manus Gallagher and Chapter Chair Brooks Shaver

 

By JUSTINA RAMLAKHAN

In a testament to the strength of collective bargaining, Local 1503 and District Council 37 successfully pursued four grievances under the bargaining agreement between The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Union.

The grievances were filed on behalf of Departmental Technicians who were not appropriately granted time off upon completion of extended shifts. The museum violated a long-standing practice of including a one-hour, unpaid lunch toward the required hourly threshold to be granted paid time off for working long shifts.

This victory highlights the importance of the grievance process and the material wins that result from members exercising their voice on the job by working with their Union representatives. A total of four members whose primary responsibility is to preserve the museum’s artwork are due to have any previously deducted paid time off restored as listed in the grievances.

 

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