[act-ma] 9 PM TONIGHT -- END MFA'S UNION-BUSTING!

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 06:06:59 PDT 2016


Dear All,

Tonight (Fri 11/4), starting at 9 pm, please join a picket
<https://www.facebook.com/events/967814893328336/> by members of the Museum
Independent Security Union / MISU <https://www.facebook.com/MISUfight/> and
their supporters, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston
(MBTA Green Line E train to the MFA stop, or Orange Line train to Ruggles
Stop). Demonstrators will gather outside the Linde Wing entrance by the
Museum's parking lot. The picket will continue until 11 pm. Your help is
urgently needed!

*Background*: The MFA has been deliberately understaffing galleries for
years. Since 2013 the MISU has lost about half its membership because of a
hiring freeze and outsourcing by the elite institution. The union organizes
the most diverse group of workers in the museum, including many immigrants
and POC. Recently the MFA unilaterally terminated the union's contract in
the middle of negotiations. Security guards' pay starts at just $15.41 /
hr., and no guard, not even those with decades of service, makes even $20 /
hr. Now, in a blatant and despicable attempt to crush the workers and their
union, management has slammed MISU activists with retaliatory final written
warnings on flimsy pretexts.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WORKERS UNITE! MISU allies are organizing a boycott of
the museum which will only end when the guards get justice.

You can sign an online petition supporting MFA workers here
<https://mfastruggle.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/first-blog-post/>.

Follow the campaign on Twitter and spread word about the boycott:
https://twitter.com/mfaboycott

For updates on the struggle you may check this website
<http://mfastruggle.wordpress.com>.

*Please forward this message as widely as possible*.


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