DENVER,CO- SEPTEMBER 16: Justin Gardner talks with people exploring Meow Wolf, collecting memories with his crystal so he can find Numina at Convergence Station at Meow Wolf in Denver, Colorado on September 17, 2021. The immersive art-environment-selfie experience was sold out on opening day. (Photo by Rebecca Slezak/The Denver Post)

Meow Wolf Denver workers form a local union, but they may face an uphill battle

The Meow Wolf Workers Collective said Tuesday it has formed a union for employees of the immersive art-and-entertainment giant’s Denver location, Convergence Station.

The announcement follows recent wage-and-benefit wins touted by the original, 170-member Meow Wolf workers’ union in Santa Fe, New Mexico, home to the company’s first installation, the House of Eternal Return. Denver’s Convergence Station opened in September 2021 and counts about 230 hourly staff members.

The Denver union, operating under the Communications Workers of America Local 7055, will ask ownership to recognize it promptly instead of pushing delays and expensive union-busting tactics, as it did in Santa Fe, according to a characterization by a union spokesman. The collective’s requests include job protections, higher wages, better disability accommodations, and a diverse workplace without discrimination and harassment.

“We are not against Meow Wolf, because we are Meow Wolf,” organizers wrote on, the official site of the Meow Wolf Workers Collective (MWWC). “Forming a union is an act of care, for ourselves and those who work with us.”

Company officials declined to respond to specific requests for comment, but provided a statement to The Denver Post mirroring language from its 2020 response to the Santa Fe union. In it, they balked at recognizing its legitimacy and said they were unaware of any official Denver union.

“We understand employees in Colorado have expressed intent to join the Communications Workers of America and MWWC, but at this moment in time, Meow Wolf has not received any official communication from the CWA,” Meow Wolf officials wrote this week.

Meow Wolf employees have had to fight for proper treatment and recognition, union representatives told The Denver Post. They’ve reached out to CEO Jose Tolosa, a former ViacomCBS executive who joined in January, but never received a response.

“In some ways they kind of pretend we don’t exist, except for the massive amount of changes we’ve made (in Santa Fe),” said lead Denver organizer Milagro Padilla about the Santa Fe union contract, which was ratified in late March. “That includes better wages and the almost doubling of maternity and paternity leave. A couple of members told us that changed their lives, and (that) it’s the only reason they stayed with the company.”

None of those protections apply yet to Denver workers or the hundreds of workers at Meow Wolf’s third location, Omega Mart, in Las Vegas.

Both Denver and Las Vegas have been promoted by the company as massively successful operations, with each topping 1 million visitors in less than a year after opening.

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