The museum reported a 35% attendance drop from 2019.
The union secured wage increases and other wins just a day before a planned strike deadline and amid an ongoing unfair labor practices complaint.
The news that 20 employees were laid off comes as the museum eyes a multimillion-dollar expansion and upgrades to its facilities.
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The Met’s staff art exhibition made headlines when it opened to the public last year. As it turns out, these shows are anything but rare.
The menial work, combined $17/hour pay, no benefits, and a lack of support from higher-ups has reportedly led to severe staff shortages.
More than 450 workers at the museum contributed works to the beloved exhibition, from security guards and technicians to librarians, registrars, and volunteers.