'Sotheby's is Bad for Art,' Workers Say
Sept. 9, 2011
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamster members and supporters protested outside Sotheby's
showroom today as the company (NYSE: BID) opened its fall auction season with its annual media preview of Chinese paintings and ceramics to be auctioned next week.
The protesters held banners and signs that read, "Sotheby's: Bad for Art" and "Abuse", "Mistreat" and "Disgrace" in Chinese.
Teamsters and supporters were protesting Sotheby's decision to lock out its longtime, professional art handlers and bring in temporary replacement workers. The locked-out art handlers have been on the street since
with no paychecks.
"Replacing experienced professionals with outsourced workers is a bad way to handle
's fine art. Buyers and sellers of Chinese art need to know that the experienced and dedicated art handlers who usually protect their priceless works of art will not be handling that art at auction next week," said
, President of Teamsters Local 814, which represents the 43 locked-out workers.
, America's most notorious union-hostile law firm, to sabotage our contract talks.
specializes in helping
employers destroy permanent, professional jobs by bringing in a temporary workforce with high turnover.
can't afford to lose more good, middle-class jobs," said
, Teamsters International Vice President and President of Teamsters Joint Council 16 in
Sotheby's locked out the workers during contract negotiations. The lockout comes after the most profitable year in the company's history. In the 2nd quarter of 2011, Sotheby's reported revenue of
, up 31 percent from 2010. Sotheby's CEO
's salary almost doubled in 2010 to
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in
the United States
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SOURCE Teamsters Local 814