Oh, how astonishing! Some of the biggest art institutions in the wonderful city of San Francisco are fighting off demands being made by their unionized workers. While the latter wanted to renew a pre-existing contract, the former brought on a new set of rules for the game—the game of being a working class laborer in the museum. The same people who are shaping culture in the art world are wielding corporate power against unionized workers. Institutions love parading how much they “already offer” their workers, feigning kindness and generosity, while at once slapping the label of ingratitude against their workers. Healthcare and proper living wages should never be up for discussion in any negotiation process. Living in the Bay Area, let alone San Francisco, is incredibly expensive, but the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums seems to care less about its workers and more about numbers coming through its doors. Reading about this surprises me as Bay Area resident, with constant tales of San Francisco/Bay Area exceptionalism thrown around nearly every day. The sight of workers demonstrating against selfish interests being met by silent museum goers, sipping on overpriced Two-Buck Chuck brings chills to my spine.
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