If Culture Sector Employers Want Equality, Post Salary and Benefits With Job Descriptions
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If Culture Sector Employers Want Equality, Post Salary and Benefits With Job Descriptions

“Hands in Solidarity, Hands of Freedom” mural at the United Electrical Workers building in Chicago, Illinois (photo by and courtesy of Julia Muhsen) Salary transparency isn’t always sexy. But it’s of fundamental importance to achieving greater equity in arts institutions. Now that the pay and benefits of current art and museum employees are online and easily accessible on the Salary Transparency Spreadsheet — and the cause and effects of wage suppression have been underlined by the Unpaid Internship Spreadsheet — there’s a logical next step: All cultural sector organizations must post salary ranges and benefit packages when recruiting new hires and end the practice of demanding salary expectations and salary histories from applicants. This practice is free to implement; it’s a measure that helps to push forward non-profit organizations’ missions to be transparent, accessible, and inclusive without costing a dime. In the dramatically shifting landscape of art and museum fields today, we see this as one of the critical steps in moving us toward equity, much like abolishing unpaid internships. Let us explain why. Besides not being fair or equitable – it just wastes everyone’s time not putting salaries! Wastes job seekers time filling out applications, and employers time […]

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