Going through extreme monetary losses because of the pandemic, the American Museum of Pure Historical past introduced on Wednesday that it could reduce its full-time employees by about 200 folks, amounting to dozens of layoffs, and put about 250 different full-time workers on indefinite furlough.
The employees of roughly 1,100 workers will likely be lowered by about 20 p.c, in accordance with an announcement from the museum. That determine contains 68 layoffs, 70 voluntary retirements and different staff whose contracts are expiring. The museum initiatives a price range deficit of between $80 million and $120 million for the rest of this fiscal 12 months, which ends on June 30, and the subsequent fiscal 12 months.
“These actions are gut-wrenching,” Ellen V. Futter, the museum’s president, mentioned in an announcement, “however we’re compelled to make them to guard the museum and its mission of analysis, science schooling, caring for our collections, and offering entry for guests.”
Amongst these furloughed and laid off will likely be administrative employees members in virtually all areas of the museum, together with occasions, exhibitions, all operational areas, schooling and scientific departments, mentioned Anne Canty, a spokeswoman for the museum. Most workers who work instantly with guests, college teams and night packages will likely be furloughed starting on Could 16. A number of museum curators had been amongst those that took the retirement choice.
The museum’s assertion mentioned it “hopes to carry furloughed employees again to work in phases because it reopens and regularly resumes extra regular operations.” These workers will retain their medical insurance.
There may also be graduated wage reductions applied for workers who make $100,000 a 12 months and up. Ms. Futter, whose wage is about $1 million, will likely be taking a 25 p.c wage reduce beginning within the subsequent fiscal 12 months, the museum mentioned.
The coronavirus has been devastating to cultural establishments within the metropolis which have been compelled to close their doorways with no certainty of after they may reopen, and to cancel main fund-raising occasions that assist to maintain them.
Based mostly on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s phased plan, arts organizations will be among the last approved to reopen, and even when they do, they are not likely to resume their services in full force. There are concerns about how soon tourists will return to the city and whether some patrons will be too anxious about the virus to visit cultural institutions.
The natural history museum’s actions take into account what museum operations are projected to look like when New York City starts to relax restrictions. That is likely to mean reduced business hours, cancellations of all school visits and public programming, as well as delays for temporary exhibitions like the museum’s Butterfly Conservatory, a popular attraction that puts visitors in the same room as hundreds of free-flying butterflies — but perhaps too close to one another during a pandemic.