As you splendid readers might recall, on Monday the hardworking staff detailed the ongoing dustup between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum Independent Security Union over a new contract and what the union says are irresponsible personnel cuts.
Exhibit A: This flyer union members have been handing out in front of the museum.
It was sort of a jump ball with just that to go by, so we asked each group for a response.
And here’s what we got yesterday from the MFA’s Katie Getchell:
Thank you for contacting me. I write to assure you that I share your concerns for the Museum and our staff.
At a membership vote on June 21, the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU) rejected the MFA’s offer of a new contract. The MFA’s proposal includes a 12 percent wage increase (3% annually for the period from January 3, 2016 through June 30, 2019) and a competitive benefits package. The Museum has negotiated in good faith for a year and is disappointed that the MISU has not accepted this offer. While no agreement has been reached on a new contract, we expect that the guards will continue to work without one, as they have been since their last contract expired on March 31, 2016.
In order to align security measures with current Museum operations, a new schedule for the guards was implemented in January. This has not resulted in, nor does the MFA contemplate, a reduction in the number of guards. Guard coverage in the galleries has been maintained, and in many cases, improved. The MFA has always utilized a combination of staff and technology to ensure the safety of the Museum and its community.
Again, thank you for reaching out about this important matter.
Chief Brand Officer, Deputy Director
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
We’ve yet to receive a detailed response from the MISU, but we are sending them the MFA’s statement.
As always, we’ll keep you posted.