Columbus Museum of Art workers plan to form a union

About 100 people gathered outside the Columbus Museum of Art Monday afternoon, many of them staff members, as employees announced plans to form a union.

Workers at the Columbus Museum of Art sent a letter to museum management asking them to recognize their union, formed in cooperation with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

“Our goal is just to help the museum achieve its mission by helping to attract and retain the workforce needed to do that,” said Mark Harrison, a one-year employee at the museum and a leader of the union group.

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The response from museum management was positive, said Nicole Romey, one of the union’s leaders and a staff member for six years.

“They were enthusiastic. I believe they are trying to cooperate with us as much as they can and I think it will be an ongoing partnership,” Romey said.

Employees of the Columbus Museum of Art march at the museum Monday to deliver a letter to management demanding voluntary recognition of the CMA Workers United union.

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In a statement sent to The Dispatch, the museum responded: “The Columbus Museum of Art greatly values ​​the talent and contributions of our colleagues who make it possible for the museum to serve our community every day. We respect our colleagues’ interest in engaging in a conversation about collective bargaining, as is their legal right, and we remain supportive and committed to all our staff, regardless of affiliation.

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