Statement from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on UAW Strike

BOSTON (November 12, 2021)—From the beginning, we have supported our employees’ right to organize. For seven months, we have met in good faith at the bargaining table, making positive progress and engaging in productive dialogue with the union. Despite serious financial challenges to the arts and nonprofit sector stemming from the pandemic and a slow return to normalcy, our goal has always been to recognize and support our employees, including a commitment to investment in compensation. We have made this clear in our discussions with the union.

The union’s committee has now gone over seven weeks without responding to our wage proposal. Our commitment to our entire staff has remained our guiding light throughout this process. We remain committed to staying at the bargaining table to create an equitable and sustainable outcome. We are confident that by continuing to communicate and collaborate, we can achieve a fair solution that supports our staff while also ensuring the Museum’s future financial sustainability.

Access to the arts for the community is a primary value for the MFA and one that binds us all. We will remain open and will provide the best possible experience we can to our visitors during the one-day strike.