Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Reaches Inaugural Contract with UAW

Employees vote ‘Yes’ as MFA announces raises and enhanced benefits for all staff

BOSTON (June 28, 2022) – More than 200 employees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2110 voted to ratify their inaugural collective bargaining agreement with the MFA—one that includes increases and enhancements in compensation and benefits. Alongside the inaugural agreement, the Museum announced additional investments in compensation and benefits that will affect all employees over the next three years. Together, the agreement and the MFA’s broader, ongoing investment across its entire workforce aim to not only meet employees’ needs, but to strengthen the institution’s long-term position amidst a challenging economic environment.

“Our employees make the MFA what it is; they ensure the highest care for the treasures that we hold in trust for future generations as we strive to be a museum for all of Boston,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, the MFA’s Ann and Graham Gund Director. “As we continue to manage the disruption of the pandemic and in the midst of significant inflation, we believe this agreement and our investment across the organization are the right decision, meeting our employees’ needs and ultimately strengthening the entire MFA to continue serving our community.”

The ratified agreement includes enhanced wages and benefits affecting 227 of the Museum’s administrative, technical, curatorial, and conservation employees represented by the UAW. Notably, every employee in the unit receives a pay increase in each fiscal year covered by the agreement.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement on a union contract with the MFA that will provide a more equitable compensation structure and a democratic voice for the staff," said Maida Rosenstein, President of Local 2110 UAW. "By establishing collective bargaining rights, the MFA staff is helping to bring about necessary systemic change for museum workers in general. We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the MFA, and look forward to a good working relationship with museum leadership based on mutual respect and dedication to the MFA."

“From the beginning, we believed that together we could reach a fair, equitable, and sustainable contract,” Teitelbaum added. “We are proud to reach this agreement and to make this important investment in compensation and benefits across our entire staff.”

About the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Founded on February 4, 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), stands on the historic homelands of the Massachusetts people, a site which has long served as a place of meeting and exchange among different nations. The Museum opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876—the nation’s centennial—at its original location in Copley Square. In 1909, the MFA moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue and today, the Museum houses a global collection encompassing nearly 500,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary. Open five days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Monday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday, 10 am–5 pm; and Friday 10 am–10 pm. The Museum is located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.