Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History introduced Wednesday it should lay off dozens of staffers and furlough tons of extra, in response to the dramatic loss of income from the coronavirus pandemic.
Its workers of 1,100 workers will probably be lowered by about 20 p.c, and roughly 250 full-time workers will probably be furloughed, the Higher West Aspect establishment mentioned. That features 68 voluntary retirements and 70 others whose time period appointments are ending.
“The Museum hopes to carry furloughed workers again to work in phases because it reopens and step by step resumes extra regular operations,” Anne Canty, the vice chairman of communications advised The Submit.
The furloughed workers will retain their medical health insurance.
The museum, which has been closed since mid-March, tasks a funds deficit of between $80 and $120 million for the rest of the fiscal yr and subsequent yr.
There can even be graduated reductions in wage for staffers starting at the $100,000 stage, and a 25 p.c pay minimize for Ellen V. Futter, the president of the museum, efficient July 1.
“These actions are gut-wrenching,” mentioned Futter in a press release to The Submit. “However we’re compelled to make them to guard the Museum and its mission of analysis, science training, caring for our collections, and offering entry for guests, particularly residents of the 5 boroughs of New York Metropolis, New York State, and our regional neighbors within the Tri-state space.”