The Cincinnati Museum Center is cutting 175 jobs due to coronavirus deficits

The Cincinnati Museum Center is facing severe downsizing and wage cuts due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the organization.

Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of the Museum Center, said Monday there had been “significant job cuts and staff cuts” at the museum center following a $ 4 million staff cut. She called it “a devastating moment”.

According to Pierce, 50 full-time employees and 125 part-time employees who were previously on leave have been laid off. Salary cuts affected another 52 employees and managers. These changes will take effect July 1, Pierce said.

“The downsizing and wage cuts are the result of the profound financial impact of the COVID-19-related shutdown and future capacity reductions,” Pierce said. “We had incredible momentum and community engagement after restoring Union Terminal. COVID-19 has forced us to make painful decisions for the future survival of our mission.”

When the pandemic shutdown began on March 14, all part-time workers were on leave, while all full-time workers were held back and paid for by donor funds and the federal paycheck protection program.

Pierce said the museum center will end fiscal 2020 with a loss of $ 3.5 million in revenue and predicts a loss of $ 8 million in revenue for fiscal 2021 due to decreased operating capacity.

The museum center will remain closed until July under the new guidance of the coronavirus.

Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton, signed two new contracts on Friday, one of which extended the closure of most indoor and outdoor entertainment and leisure facilities to 11:59 p.m. on July 1.

“It is heartbreaking to part with so many people who have passionately devoted our organization and build them into an award-winning museum with a legacy of over 200 years,” said Pierce. “Our departing colleagues will always be part of the heart and soul of the Cincinnati Museum Center and will be hailed for their incredible impact on our community.”

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