Columbus Museum of Art workers plan to form union

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

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

“Our goal is simply 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 museum employee and leader of the union group.

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The response from museum management has been positive, said Nicole Romei, one of the union’s leaders and a six-year employee.

“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,” Romy said.

Columbus Museum of Art employees enter the museum Monday to deliver a letter to management requesting 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 remain supportive and engaged with all our staff, regardless of affiliation.

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