TAM Workers United on the Move!

Workers at Tacoma Art Museum seeking to join WFSE are making things happen:

  • 675+ supporters have signed a community letter calling on the museum to voluntarily recognize their union
  • 150+ community members attended their rally on 10/29 outside the museum (pictured above)

But despite these early successes and over 80% of TAM workers in support of unionization, the museum has not recognized their union.

They need WFSE members' help!

Why TAM workers want a union

  • The museum caps workers' hours to avoid paying health benefits.
  • Many museum employees are forced to work second jobs to make ends meet.
  • Employees have witnessed financial mismanagement for years and have not been able to address it because they do not have a voice on the job.

TAM workers want to unionize to create a more equitable future for TAM and Tacoma.

Visit the Museum 11/19

Join us for Worker Solidarity Day at the Tacoma Art Museum!

On Saturday, Nov 19, at 12:00 PM, let’s support the Tacoma Art Museum and the frontline workers who keep it running!

We’ll be:

  • Wearing union gear
  • Buying tickets
  • Appreciating the amazing art at TAM to let the Museum and staff know we have their back!

We’ll be giving out TAMWU buttons to show our solidarity and raffling off a few t-shirts.


10/29 Solidarity Rally Recap

TAM workers were extremely proud of Tacoma as over 150 union and community members came together to send a clear message to the Tacoma Art Museum Board: Recognize their union!

Leaders from all corners of our state spoke up in solidarity with us!

  • Mike Yestramski, WFSE/AFSCME Council 28 President
  • April Sims, WA State Labor Council President
  • Katy Evans, Deputy Director of Hilltop Artists
  • Michael Hines, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 President
  • Penny Cramer, Tacoma Education Association President
  • Josh Davis and Andi Berkbigler, Seattle Art Museum VSO Union Bargaining Committee Members
  • Washington State Senator Steve Conway
  • Vance Lelli, Pierce County Central Labor Council President and Longshore Worker
  • Dr. Bernal Baca, Tacoma Art Museum Board Member

Missed the rally? You can watch the livestream here and check out photos here.

Can’t make it to TAM on 11/19?

  1. Sign their Community Solidarity Letter. Already have? Great! Ask three friends to sign and join the 675+ community members who support their union.
  2. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter and help amplify our call for @tacomaartmuseum to recognize our union!

Learn more at tamworkers.org and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.