Thursday, September 3, 2009

Museum Guards File For Union Election

PSOU Hopes Timothy Rub Will Welcome The Union As They Prepare To Welcome His Arrival

For almost two years now, security guards at the Philadelphia Museum of Art have attempted to discuss their working conditions with Museum leaders. Having received no response to their multiple requests for dialogue, on Wednesday, September 3, the Philadelphia Security Officers Union (PSOU) will file for union recognition with the National Labor Relations Board.

“We are excited about this new development and take this big step forward with confidence,” explains Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Lead Organizer with Philadelphia Jobs with Justice (JwJ), a community organization that has been working alongside the guards since 2007. Soriano-Castillo added that both PSOU and JwJ had hoped for the opportunity to speak with either the current administration at the Museum or incoming Director Timothy Rub prior to filing. “But we want them to understand that the guards are standing up for their rights as workers today.”

Timothy Rub will begin his tenure at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this September, and the guards are eagerly awaiting his arrival. In fact, PSOU and JwJ will be holding a welcoming party for him this Sunday, September 6 at 2 pm at the Museum. The band Rude Mechanical Orchestra will be leading the party, which is open to the public, as well as Museum staff. For more information on upcoming events and further details about JwJ and PSOU, please visit

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