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Voicing Our Own Value: The New Museum Labor Movement

75-minute session

Location: Hilton Albany, Kelsey

Day/Time: Tuesday, April 9 // 10:45 AM - Noon

About: In recent years, museums across the country have seen a new wave of unionization efforts  As museum staff have begun to recognize the importance of organizing, these efforts often involve contradictions between new expectations and the “way things have always been done” at our institutions. Can unions provide new energy for cultural organizations rather than pose a threat? Can living wages and protections against toxic workplaces coexist within a vibrant and sustainable museum economic model?


Aaron Noble, Communication Chair , PEF Division 194

Aaron Noble has been in the museum field since 2005. He currently serves as a PEF Steward for Division 194 within the Office of Cultural Education and is the division’s communications coordinator.

Maida Rosenstein, Director of Organizing, Brooklyn Museum Union

Maida Rosenstein is Director of Organizing for UAW Local 2110 and as such, has overseen the organizing and served as chief negotiator for most of the museum organizing in Local 2110, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the New Museum and the Hispanic Society in New York.

Sean Collins, Union Representative/Organizer, SEIU Local 200 United

Deborah F. Schwartz, Proprietor, Deborah F. Schwartz Consulting

Conference Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels the conference, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Monday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $45 administrative fee. 

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. No refunds will be issued on special event tickets at any point due to restaurants and caterers requiring payment in advance.

Special event ticket purchases are non-refundable; restaurants and caterers require payment in advance. you are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference. Please notify MANY staff in advance of the conference regarding any transfer of special event tickets. 

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The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for all participants. All attendees are expected to follow this Code of Conduct, which applies to all pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, special events, and capstone experiences.

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The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

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