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Photo Essay: Union members protest against Art Institute management for delaying contract

Staff members of the museum and school demand a fair contract.

By Multimedia, Photo Essay

  • Formed in 2021, AICWU represents the AIC museum staff, school staff and the non-tenure-track faculty members. Last year, the union members voted to join their union with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • Kristi McGuire, Adjunct Associate Professor, holding a placard during the protest. McGuire is one the members of the faculyt bargaining committee for the union. Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • "SAIC and AIC couldn't exist without the collective effort of the staff and the non-tenure track (NTT) faculty," Kristi McGuire, said in her speech at the rally. Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • Union members spoke against the administration claiming that they are delaying the contract negotiations. Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • A placard held up during the rally reading: “ARTIE SAYS WE'RE STRONGER TOGETHER'. Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • The protestors picketed in a circle carrying slogans like 'Fair contract Now.' Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • Students at SAIC were also present and extended their support to the union. Photo by Ankit Khadgi
  • Members of the bargaining committee said that the negotiation process with the management was frustrating and humiliating. Photo by Ankit Khadgi



Ankit Khadgi (MAVCS 2024) is a Nepali queer storyteller based in Chicago. He hates people who eat momo with ketchup and mayonnaise and drink Chai Tea.

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