Sotheby's Grants Workers Tiny Concessions; Endless Strike Ends!

The ten-month lockout of workers at Sotheby’s has ended with a new contract! It is not so dramatic, at all, and you really wonder for what the management was holding out?

The three-year deal, reached in the last week, boosts wages 1% in each year, lifts the starting salary to $18.50 an hour, and maintains the workers’ benefits, according to Jason Ide, president of Teamsters Local 814, which represents the 42 workers. Sotheby’s had sought to permanently replace some of the union art handlers with temporary nonunion workers, but the deal protects the positions as union jobs, Mr. Ide said.