Seventy San Francisco Museum Guards, united inSEIU 1021, won an 11-year struggle to change their part-time 35-hour workweek into a full-time 40-hour workweek. On June 23, the City and County and SEIU 1021 reached an agreement that will add an extra hour per workday to their existing schedule, effective October 1, 2017. Prior to this win, the lack of a 40-hour workweek cost each museum guard over $8,000 per year in lost wages and in pension contributions.
Museum Guards, who are mostly people of color, and Admission Attendants were the only group of employees that exclusively had a reduced 35-hour workweek, while all other city departments were hired a 40-hour a week. Today, 8 admissions attendants employed at the Fine Arts Museums continue to work 35-hour week and their struggle continues for restoration.
“I’m very excited for this victory for museum guards. Our main goal was to erase the double standard of being the only group of employees with a 35-hour workweek. We are a 24-hour operation and our main goal is to protect museum patrons, staff, the buildings, and the City’s art. The shortened workweek was hurting the services we provide,” said Tim Sullivan, Asian Art Museum Guard.
Together, with our allies, Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim, we were able to win this victory.