Sunday, February 14, 2010
Chic Art Workers Coalition protester, 1969
Recently I have ventured into twitter (@petitemaoiste) and find it another way to get very useful information from my museum worker/art worker/academentia-suffering/political people out there (and of course it's fun to watch the posts under the #RHOC hashtag on Thursday nights, and to see up-to-the-minute reactions to John Mayer's TMI racist/sexist ramblings in Playboy!). Today I learned about a group that gave me hope: Museos Unite. They're on twitter & have a blog (link below) where they deal with working conditions for art workers in the broader context of class issues. They have launched an anonymous salary survey which is something that I fantasized about, discussed with colleagues/students, and even raised publicly at a conference panel where representatives of CAA and AAM were speaking, but no one picked up the ball. The CAA/AAM folks were none too enthusiastic, and the rest of us are I think leery of rocking the boat given the dismal job market. Which is why the anonymity is key. Of course, museum workers world-wide, recently in France (see the Museo Unite blog for more info on that subject) and years ago at MoMA, have gone on strike, but in general the feeling is that anyone that complains is easily replaced.