Employees at the Columbus Museum of Art plan to form a union

Around 100 people gathered outside the Columbus Museum of Art Monday afternoon, many of them employees, as employees announced plans to form a union.

Workers at the Columbus Museum of Art sent a letter to the museum’s management, urging them to recognize their union, which was formed in cooperation with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

“Our goal is to help the museum accomplish its mission by helping attract and retain the workforce it needs to do it,” said Mark Harrison, a year-long employee at the museum and chair of the union group.

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The response from museum management has been positive, said Nicole Romey, one of the union leaders and a staff member for six years.

“They were excited. I think they’re trying to work with us as much as possible and I think it’s going to be a lasting partnership,” Romey said.

Employees at the Columbus Museum of Art march into the museum Monday to deliver a letter to management asking for 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 appreciates the talents and contributions of our colleagues that enable the museum to serve our community every day. We respect our colleagues’ interest in discussing collective bargaining, as is their legal right, and we remain supportive and committed to all of our employees, regardless of their affiliation.

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