Toxic work environment, being a union member was the only benefit
I worked for the Met in a unionized security role. The job itself of helping visitors and making sure the artwork was safe was simple enough, but the micromanaging from supervisors, the prolonged standing, the cruel and bullish management approach all paired with meager pay makes the environment and work life balance really unsustainable for anyone that values their physical and mental health. The only positive elements of working there came from paying union dues to AFSCME DC 37 (annual leave, sick days, cost of living adjustments for inflation, health insurance, pension, etc), which upper management and all the non-union staff resent and take every opportunity to diminish and undercut. If not for the union, working there is not worth all of the disrespect and the mental games they play with people.