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Meow Wolf Workers to Receive Pay Raises

Daniella Cressman

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Many people love Meow Wolf for its artistic eccentricity. However, there were issues going on behind the scenes that might surprise you, an abrupt policy change being one of them!

Three months earlier, in December, the union filed complaints of unfair labor practices against the company with the National Labor Relations Board, stating on social media the move “came after multiple attempts to resolve issues directly with the company.” Among the complaints: that Meow Wolf changed holiday and time-off policies without negotiating and refused to provide critical information needed for contract negotiations. At the time, the company replied in a statement that it had “been negotiating in good faith with the Union and we anticipate reaching a final contract soon.” —Brian Sanford

The Meow Wolf Workers Collective planned to unionize in September of 2020, but, although Meow Wolf did formally accept the contract in October of that same year, it was only ratified on the week of April 15, 2022.

Thankfully, the news is excellent for employees who dedicate themselves passionately to the company.

Under the pact, every artist at Meow Wolf will be paid at least $60,000, and none will be hired for less; exhibition workers in Santa Fe will earn at least $18 an hour with plans to reach $20 by 2025; and parental leave is doubled, according to the Meow Wolf Workers Collective. It’s a local unit with the Communications Workers of America, designated as Local 7055. —Brian Sanford

The staff of Meow Wolf works hard, and they deserve these raises and benefits.

“We’re all super pleased,” said Bill Rodgers, a narrative lead with Meow Wolf who’s covered by the union. “This has been two years in the making, and this agreement is completely going to change the lives of the people it covers. We’re just really thankful right now — really grateful” to co-workers and Communications Workers of America affiliates. —Brian Sanford

Meow Wolf has turned a corner and employees are thrilled.

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