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141 Milwaukee Art Museum employees vote to join Machinists union

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 22:15:20-05

MILWAUKEE — One-hundred-and-forty-one employees of the Milwaukee Art Museum have voted to unionize, a win for advocates in the once-famous union city.

The workers voted by a 72-percent margin to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. They voted by mail over a three-week period tallied on Friday, the union said in a statement.

“I’m proud to welcome Milwaukee Art Museum workers to the IAM,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra, in the statement. “Your solidarity through challenging and uncertain times is truly inspiring. Together we will affect real change at work.”

The employees at the Milwaukee Art Museum work in several capacities, including the visitor's center, restaurant, education programs, information and facilities, among others.

Their victory comes as workers with Colectivo Coffee Roasters continue their efforts to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Several members of the Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors have backed their bid to unionize.

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