Three San Francisco art museums -- the de Young, Legion of Honor and Asian Art Museum -- are facing criticism from their security guards, who say the museums’ executives are manipulating their schedules to avoid giving the guards full-time pay and benefits.
The guards and their representatives from the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 (SEIU 1021) told the Government Audit and Oversight Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Friday that the museums are intentionally giving security guards 35-hour workweeks rather than the typical 40-hour workweek that other city employees receive.
A spokeswoman for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which represents the de Young and Legion of Honor, said the matter is between the union and the city since the security guards are city employees. She also said the museum “absolutely refuses any allegations of misconduct.”
Although the city allocates money for the security guards, about half of the guards are paid by a private party, according to the SEIU 1021.
Theresa Rutherford, who represents the guards through SEIU’s Northern California chapter, says the problem stems from institutionalized racism.