The staffers announced their plans to unionize last month, Hyperallergic first reported. The employees told the arts website that they faced a reduction in benefits, healthcare, and 401(k) matching. They also claimed that some full-time positions were being switched to part-time, making those positions ineligible for benefits packages.
While the cultural institution was not taking a position regarding the employees push to unionize, it insisted that employee healthcare benefits were not being reduced and that BAM covers 80% of its staff’s healthcare premiums, noting the spike in health insurance costs this year.
— BAMunion (@BAM_union) June 13, 2019
Six unions have been established at BAM during the organization’s 150+ years representing the wardrobe, projectionists, box office, stage, security, and maintenance departments.
The UAW Local 2110 vote was 119 in favor out of 145 staff members, Hyperallergic wrote in a follow-up on Thursday.
BAM responded to the news stating that the institution “respects the decision of our employees” and is committed to working with the newly unionized workers, according to the article.