Our Story

We are the workers who make the Milwaukee Art Museum a world class institution.  

In November 2020, we won our historic union election with 72% of the vote. Since then, we have been bargaining with management for the changes our members want to see at the museum.  We’re asking for your support as we negotiate our first contract.

We are passionate art advocates who believe that MAM is a vital source of inspiration and education for the people of Wisconsin.  We also understand where MAM’s vision often falls short.

We want a seat at the table and our voices heard.  It is the museum’s responsibility to pay a livable wage to all those who work at MAM.  Worker voices at MAM are consistently sidelined and discounted. We want to change “take it or leave it” pay, poor communication, and a culture of privilege.  With a union contract we hope to achieve a fair and transparent disciplinary process and, perhaps most importantly, ensure MAM will not take advantage of employees’ vulnerability during the ongoing pandemic. 

Our mission reaches far beyond these objectives, but this is the core of what we’re fighting for. We cannot sustain ourselves on the prestige of working at Wisconsin’s most recognizable cultural institution.

We are the Milwaukee Art Museum and we are Milwaukee.  There is beauty in a world where fundamental human rights are respected, human needs are met, and democratic principles are elevated. 

When people organize around a mission of well-being for each other, extraordinary things can happen.  Our combined creativity and strength will make MAM stronger and better poised to face the challenges of the future.  But we need to be heard first.

In December 2020 and January 2021, we surveyed our members about what matters most to them. Here are our priorities:

  • fair and living wages commensurate with assigned work;
  • stronger health and safety protections on the job;
  • a workplace that fosters diversity and equity in the workplace;  
  • improved job security;
  • increased access to health insurance;
  • enhanced career development; and
  • a reduction to high employee turnover.

Do you support in these goals and work at MAM? Join your fellow workers and join the union today!

➡️ Join here! ⬅️

Want to sign a paper application instead? Contact us!

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