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Philadelphia Art Museum workers set to strike Monday for better wages, healthcare

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PHILADELPHIA - Nearly 200 employees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are ready to go on strike Monday, if their demands are not met.The union, which represents about 180 workers in several museum departments, announced the possible strike last week.Workers are asking for a new contract with better wages, healthcare and paid family leave.

They accuse museum leaders of violating labor laws and engaging in union-busting.MORE HEADLINES:Union workers staged a one-day warning strike earlier this month, leaving management to open the doors to the public."Ninety-percent of the folks in the unit are on a high-deductible healthcare plan, which means we can’t really afford to use our healthcare, especially during a pandemic.

That’s so important to workers," President of Local 397, Adam Rizzo said. "And, then other things, like paid family leave. There’s no paid family leave at the museum right now.

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