CHICAGO (CBS) — Workers at the Art Institute and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are pushing to form a union.

The workers say they want to be part of decisions that affect them.

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They say they can help make the museum and school better places to visit, learn, and work.

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Thousands of supporters have signed a petition backing their union, Art Institute of Chicago Workers United.

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Organizers noted that nearly 150 elected officials – including U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) – have issued a statement of support.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff