Minneapolis art museum lays off eight

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 7:23 AM

The layoffs were part of a move to balance the current year’s budget.

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yoopie93Mar. 1, 13 6:57 PM

Two sets of layoffs in less than three years? Who is running that place? And if they're going to let anyone go, it ought to be the people in charge who are obviously not running things correctly if their budget is so screwed up. Lame.

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regionguyMar. 1, 13 7:08 PM

Not a big fan of the Walker's we're-so-hip-it-hurts attitude, but I feel bad for the staffers who got whacked. And I don't quite get the reference to the stock market and the endowment: the S&P 500 is up an average of 13+% over the last three years, and its last down year was 2008.

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galljcMar. 1, 13 7:36 PM

A layoff of 8 people is news? There are a heck of alot more than that laid off at Minnesota companies and you never hear a peep.

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civicprideMar. 1, 13 9:54 PM

@yoopie93 - The layoffs were pretty minimal all things considered. Far better than Best Buy (by # or %). If you've followed other articles about the Walker's fiscal health you'll see they've balanced their budget every year for like 20-30 years. Sometimes organizations have to shrink in order to stay in business. Seems better to layoff a few than ignoring problems and closing all together.

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yoopie93Mar. 1, 1310:57 PM

@civicpride - why don't you tell the people who lost their jobs today about how minimal the cuts were and all about those awesome balanced budgets (I can balance a budget every year, too, if I just eliminate jobs every couple of years from the books). Yes, sometimes organizations have to cut people. My point was that when an organization has these kinds of systemic problems to the degree that the Walker does, then the people that need to be let go are the ones at the top making the decisions. Use your own example of Best Buy--the company struggled, people lost jobs, and as a result the CEO has been shaken up in recent years.

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drudgemonkeyMar. 2, 1312:01 AM

Problem with the Walker is it is respected worldwide....and has little connection to it's local community. Have to mix the eclectic with the approachable. They haven't been doing that lately (except for cat videos).

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porkerMar. 2, 1312:04 AM

Walker management's blaming yet another round of staff layoffs on stock market performance doesn't hold water. S&P 500 average annual returns: 2009 +25%; 2010 +14%; 2011 +2%; 2012 +15%; 2013 (to date) +6%. Perhaps a better strategy would be to fire their financial advisers, followed by a leadership change.

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finn07Mar. 5, 13 3:46 PM

I don't get the argument that the Walker has little connections to the local community. Rock the Garden? Minigolf? The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden? Music & Movies in Loring Park? Open Field? The all-local Momentum dance series (which has been going on for eons)? Free First Saturday kids programs? That excellent Frank Gaard exhibition this winter? I think folks like drudgemonkey like bashing on the Walker without even bothering to go and see what the offerings actually are.

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