Those of you headed to the de Young's weekly nightlife event are in for a performance of a different kind tonight. According to a press release from SEIU 1021, artists, city workers, public officials, and labor leaders plan to protest and “engage in an act of civil disobedience” in support of museum workers during tonight's “Friday Nights at the de Young Museum” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Protesters claim that museum managers with the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) have misrepresented facts and information regarding collective bargaining rights, wages, and benefits for workers. According to the press release, “With a $19.6 million increase in unrestricted assets, the museums are financially sound yet this group of artisans, technicians, retail workers, et al. have been battling intimidation, anti-worker tactics, and unnecessary cuts for almost a year. Managers are also looking to cut wages for future workers by as much as 70 percent, creating a second class of workers and further dividing the workplace.”