TAM Workers United

Tacoma Art Museum's mission to “inspire broader perspectives and cultivate a compassionate future” can only be achieved if staff are treated with dignity and respect.

We bring this museum to life every day, but our efforts have been undermined by:

      • Un-livable wages
      • Unsafe working conditions
      • Lack of accountability and transparency
      • Fear of retaliation when we raise concerns.

We, the workers who keep TAM running, are excited to announce we have reached a supermajority of over 80% in support of unionizing. 

We are forming TAM Workers United, and we are joining with the growing national movement of museum workers in Cultural Workers United (affiliated with WFSE / AFSCME Council 28 in Washington State). 

As TAM Workers United, we want to work together with the Board of Trustees and the Senior Leaders Team to negotiate a fair and equitable contract that reflects our needs and uplifts staff, our community, and the museum itself.

Read our letter to the Board

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