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Petition calls on Dali museum to rehire former employees

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – A change.org petition that nearly hit its mark on Wednesday demands that the Dali rehire former employees who were made redundant after the St. Petersburg museum received a federal loan from the Paycheck Protection Program.

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  • The petition has several hundred signatures
  • He accuses the museum of having caused “serious financial damage” to former employees
  • Dali Museum issues statement to Spectrum Bay News 9
  • LINK: Read the petition

“The Dali Museum, a local St. Pete institution since 1982, recently fired many local staff after taking a large sum of PPP money intended to help ‘small businesses’ retain their employees for and into the next day. of the COVID-19 pandemic, while retaining the highly paid senior management, ”the petition reads.

The petition was created by a user called Innocent Bystander and is titled “Shame on you, Dali Museum”. The petition demands that former employees regain their livelihood.

“The museum has caused serious financial damage (including families losing their health insurance in the midst of a pandemic) to these former employees who have worked tirelessly,” according to the petition.

The Dali Museum refused a request for an interview. Instead, the museum sent Specter Bay News 9 the following statement:

“Since our main source of income is tours, the 14 week closure during the pandemic had a significant financial impact – especially during the height of the tourist season.

The Dalí was able to keep all staff at full pay from their own operating budget for four weeks after the shutdown while also applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The Museum received the loan and worked with our bank and outside CPA legal advisors to follow all guidelines associated with the funding. The loan was used to cover the full salary of all Museum employees for an additional eight weeks, although it remained closed with no income coming in. Like most of the businesses that received the loan, the PPP funding allowed us to retain all of our staff longer than we could otherwise.

After the P3 period, we retained over 80% of our staff and then resumed paying retained employees with our own funds while working on a reopening strategy. Retained staff suffered a pay cut and senior executives suffered a larger percentage cut.

Most of the reduction in Museum spending was achieved through reductions in operational spending. The Dali has nearly halved non-staff costs and is operating on minimal budgets to retain as many staff as possible despite the difficult financial forecast. In addition, we have rehired employees from deleted positions and placed them in part-time positions where positions were vacant.

We are determined to reinvent ourselves in the mind of Dalí himself, to remain a vibrant institution, a source of pride for the community in this new era and beyond. “

The Dali Museum reopened to the public on Wednesday with new security measures and timetables put in place.

The goal of the change.org petition was to reach 500 signatures. As of Wednesday, he had received 465 signatures.