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September 19, 2022 Hyperallergic: Seeking a Union Election, Workers Sue Walters Art Museum 

September 19, 2022 Baltimore Sun: Employees of the Walters Art Museum file lawsuit against Baltimore institution over efforts to unionize

September 5, 2022 Baltimore Banner: 'In Baltimore, everybody’s unionizing': Workers weigh in on wave of labor organizing campaigns

June 25, 2022
Afro News: Baltimore Mayor supports unionization efforts at Walters Art Museum

June 21, 2022 CBS Baltimore: Mayor Scott Backs Union Vote For Walters Art Museum Workers

December 20, 2021
Baltimore Sun: Walters Art Museum workers should be able to organize into one union

November 27, 2021
Truthout: A Unionization Wave Is Reshaping Museums and Cultural Institutions Across the US

October 14, 2021 WYPR: Walters Museum workers appeal to City Council members in union efforts

August 27, 2021 Washington PostWalters Art Museum closed for three weeks after employees were exposed to vapors

August 23, 2021 Baltimore Sun: Walters Art Museum closed for three weeks after employees were exposed to vapors from roofing work

August 16, 2021 Bmore Art: The Way Forward for Walters Workers United

August 13, 2021
 WYPR: Walters Museum Workers Rally For Union Recognition

August 13, 2021 Baltimore Fishbowl: Walters Museum Workers Rally For Union Recognition

August 13, 2021
 The Real News Network: Battleground Baltimore: The Violence of Police, The Violence of Evictions

August 12, 2021 ArtCentron: Walters Art Museum Workers Take to the Street for Union Recognition

August 12, 2021 WMAR Baltimore: "Walters Art Museum employees rally to unionize"

July 16, 2021 AFSCME: "Museum reopens after shutting down following apparent chemical exposure"

May 14, 2021 
BmoreArt: "Why the Walters Art Museum Workers Want to Unionize"

May 3, 2021 Baltimore Fishbowl: "Walters Art Museum workers hope to unionize, citing concerns with health, safety, and management decisions"



Sabeela Ally 
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Walters Art Museum Workers Announce Intent to Unionize 
Workers say it is time for the museum to value its workers as much as its art collection 

Baltimore –On the eve of International Workers Day, staff at The Walters Art Museum last Friday announced their plans to form a union with AFSCME Council 67. Employees behind the unionization effort, now called Walters Workers United, cited concerns over the health and safety of employees, transparency, pay equity, and the museum’s top-down decision-making as part of a list of key issues they hope to address through a union, according to the group’s mission statement, which can be found here. 

“Our institution has made some strides in the right direction in recent years, but we have reached a point where leadership cannot continue this progress without including staff in the process,” according to Will Hays, who works in the Conservation, Collections, and Technical Research department at the Walters. Issues like pay equity, transparency, employment security and accountability need to be addressed and improved to protect the workers who make the Walters possibleLiterally, without us, the Walters could not exist or function.”  

Walters Workers United hopes to join a recent wave of organizing victories across the industry, which includes the Philadelphia Art Museum Union and Walker Worker Union in Minnesota. public website for the group features a letter from the organizing committee inviting co-workers to unite to create change at The Walters Art Museum. 

For more updates on the Walters Workers United campaign visit or follow @waltersunited on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.