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Allegations Emerge Against Mana-Terry Dowd for Intimidating Art Handlers

by Corinna Kirsch on April 16, 2014
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With the art handlers’ union vote coming up in just over a week, allegations have emerged charging Mana-Terry Dowd with voter interference.

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Artists Could Be, Should Be, Teamsters

by Whitney Kimball on April 9, 2014
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Chicago art handlers take steps to unionize.

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Sotheby’s Art Handlers Broaden Their Tactics, Attempt to Eliminate “Golden Parachutes”

by Corinna Kirsch on May 11, 2012
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At Sotheby's annual meeting, shareholders passed all but one proposal—a Teamsters-backed plan opposing “golden parachutes” for departing executives. That proposal might normally have passed, but an albatross lingered in the meeting room: the five shareholders forced into unemployment by Sotheby's.

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Now with Coco Fusco and David Shrigley! The Sotheby’s Art Handler Petition Grows

by Will Brand on May 4, 2012
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Our petition in support of the locked-out art handlers at Sotheby's just breezed past 2,000 names, and you just might recognize a few. Artists Cuco Fusco, David Shrigley, and Dana Schutz have signed on, along with a host of other concerned supporters from across the art world.

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Sotheby’s Art Handler Petition Update

by Paddy Johnson on May 2, 2012
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A super big thanks to everyone who’s signed their name on the Sotheby’s Art Handler petition so far. We had a really great turn out yesterday, with the petition garnering more than 1,000 names in a day. Plus a ton of publications helped us get the word out!

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Sotheby’s: offer your art handlers a fair contract

by Paddy Johnson on May 1, 2012
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In honor of May Day (International Workers Day) Art Fag City has taken it upon ourselves to launch a petition on behalf of Sotheby’s art handlers. They’ve been locked out of work for 8 months, and all because Sotheby’s wants to replace their jobs with temporary workers, leaving the handling of multimillion dollar works to unskilled employees.

That’s not right. If you don’t think it is either, sign this petition. Our appeal after the jump.

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This Friday at 6 PM: Art Handlers Will Protest MoMA's Ties with Sotheby's

by Corinna Kirsch on March 27, 2012
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Sotheby's art handlers want MoMA to sever ties with the auction house, and they have good reason: MoMA has made millions at Sotheby's during the art handler lockout. In November, MoMA auctioned off two paintings by Rufino Tamayo, a sale which amassed over three million dollars for MoMA's acquisition fund.

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Stop Shopping At Sotheby’s

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on March 23, 2012
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Things were looking dire on Tuesday morning at Sotheby's during the Chinese fine art auction. A battered troop of about thirty art handlers—accompanied again by the inflatable fat cat crushing a union worker—marched a long semi-circle inside the partitioned protest zone, chanting “No contract, no work, no peace.”

It’s been eight months since these 43 hardworking men and women were put out of their jobs for demanding fair pay and benefits. AFC thinks that’s more than enough. Let’s fix this.

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Let Them Eat Cake: Sotheby’s Board Member Refuses to Negotiate

by Will Brand on December 3, 2011
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At Thursday night’s meeting of the Hudson River Park Trust, a pair of locked-out Sotheby’s art handlers stood up to ask the chair, Diana Taylor, some questions. Her reply revealed the inhumanity inherent in Sotheby’s refusal to negotiate.

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Locked Out of Sotheby’s: Auction House Puts Multi-Million Dollar Artworks at Risk

by Whitney Kimball on August 3, 2011
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It’s not a strike, it’s a lock-out. Sotheby’s barred its team of art handlers from entering the building last Friday, bringing ongoing negotiations to a halt. Collectors have need for concern; the company has supposedly replaced its experienced team with low-paid, temporary workers with little or no art handling backgrounds.

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