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06.01.12 Marina Galperina

The longest lockout in Sotheby’s history is over. After 10 months of cyclical negotiations, the Teamsters Local 814, Sotheby’s and their lawyers have reached an agreement. With the combined support of Occupy Wall Street and the 2,740-strong petition, toting support from Fred Tomaselli, Marilyn Minter, William Powhida, Molly Crabapple and others. Also, internet-wide shame. Art […]

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05.01.12 Marina Galperina

It’s time to end this. Forty-three unionized art handlers have been locked out by Sotheby’s since July 29, 2011. Sotheby’s wants to demolish their union, get rid of their healthcare and replace full-time skilled workers with unskilled temps, while business is going better than ever, with profits up 7%. The world’s largest auction house won’t negotiate a […]

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11.10.11 Marina Galperina

“What’s disgusting? Union busting!” As Sotheby’s auctions was having one of their most extravagantly successful auction and raked in $315 million last night, over one hundred showed up for a planned protest in solidarity with the Teamsters Local 814 union members. The art handlers have been locked out since August. Things got violent, apparently. […]

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03.23.10 Marina Galperina

In case you missed the amazing feats of the Art Handling Olympics last Sunday, there were races with cardboard boxes on wheels, whiskey shots and dumpling gulps. Then, some speed leveling of Hang in There Kitties and a lead painting “Static Hold” for a cruel German curator (“Nien! Lower! Higher!”). Speed packaging of art (MC Shane […]

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03.19.10 Marina Galperina

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Come cheer and jeer at the Art Handling Olympics at Ramiken and celebrate the local Atlases of the galleries as they screw, straighten and race for the win. Fifteen art handler teams compete for the gold with craftiness and tenacity, rain or shine. […]

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