The museum is outsourcing jobs in its retail shops to Event Network, a company that manages museum stores nationwide.
“We have leaned into all the options we have available to us, including decreasing operating expenses, hiring freezes, analyzing business needs and departmental priorities, and reducing leadership salaries,” said Director Richard Armstrong in a letter to staff today.
Days ahead of today’s announcement, a group of Met employees sent a letter to museum administrators demanding greater transparency and protection for workers.
A complaint by UAW Local 2110 on behalf of the staffers accuses the museum of laying off workers without notice or severance and withholding information from the union.
Both museums received Paycheck Protection Program loans in the millions.