In Support of the Art Handlers Alliance ‘Bill of Rights’


Art Handlers Alliance Launches Petition
Calls for Industry Wide Adoption of ‘Bill of Rights’

New York, NY – Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY) is pleased to announce the re-launch of their foundational Bill of Rights document as an on-line petition and is calling for it to be adopted industry-wide. This is the first document to outline a set of minimum fair standards for workers involved in all aspects of art handling and is intended to function as a guide for workers as well as socially-responsible employers. Today, AHA-NY organizers are calling on those two groups, as well as others in the broader art world and cultural economy, to voice their support for the Bill of Rights being adopted by employers throughout New York’s art world.

During Armory Week 2017, AHA-NY hopes to mobilize the focus on the New York art world to relay and reiterate the basic needs of the workforce that enables the fairs to exist. With eleven fairs in New York and seemingly endless amounts of art handlers and workers enabling and maintaining this five-day week of art events and exhibitions, AHA-NY is reaffirming its commitment and dedication to making sure the Bill of Rights becomes the benchmark for minimum, fair standards among the vast, growing workforce of art’s handlers.

Click here to view and sign this statement in support of the Art Handlers Alliance Bill of Rights.

Art Handlers Alliance of New York (AHA-NY):

AHA-NY is a group of art handlers, cultural workers, and like-minded individuals advocating for Art Handlers rights. AHA-NY meetings offer an expanded conversation regarding the unfixed nature of ‘creative’ labor and are focused on the development of new forms of organization and collective bargaining to address the contemporary challenges faced by workers involved in the transport, display, storage, and preservation of art objects. The meetings are open to the public and topics of discussion include: health benefits, fair wages, job protection, better working conditions, and solidarity amongst freelance, part-time, and full-time art handlers.

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