Philadelphia Museum of Art employees preparing to strike Monday

Museum officials say it will still be open on Monday if there is a strike.

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Union workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art plan to go on strike Monday unless a contractual agreement is reached.

Adam Rizzo, Local 397’s president, says they’ve been trying to negotiate their contract for the past two years, but they’re making no progress when it comes to two key components: wages and health care.

“We are only asking for a living wage. The people at the museum work two jobs just to make ends meet. Many of the positions at the museum require at least a master’s degree. So a lot of people are burdened with debt,” Rizzo said. “Ninety percent of the people in the unit, and that’s about 190 people, have a high-deductible health plan. It means we can’t afford to go to the doctor, although we have healthcare.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the art museum released a statement, part of which reads:

“The museum is deeply disappointed that the union has decided to go on strike again. We worked very hard at the negotiating table this week to avoid that outcome.”

Museum officials say it will still be open on Monday if there is a strike.

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