In Surprise Move, Sotheby’s Locks Out Art Handlers

Since May, Sotheby’s union art handlers have been in negotiations with the Upper East Side auction house over their contract, which expired at the beginning of July. Now, in a surprise move, the auction house has locked out the art handlers.

Temporary non-union workers will take their place until the Teamsters agree to a list off concessions, said Jason Ide, president of Teamsters Local 814. The 43 union art handlers received letters on Friday telling them not to come to work on Monday, and they will be unable to retrieve paychecks until a settlement is reached. “They think it’s going to put pressure on us to accept the proposal,” Ide said of the lockout. But the Teamsters have no plans to accept the concessions, he said.

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