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Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to lay off 76 security guards

Mary Ann Thomas
| Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 11:51 a.m.
Dippy, a sculpture of a Diplodocus dinosaur, stands outside the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.
Dippy, a sculpture of a Diplodocus dinosaur, stands outside the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh will lay off its 76 security guards by July and retain a private firm to handle its increasing security needs.

Carnegie Museums filed notice this month with the state Department of Labor & Industry indicating it will lay off 20 full-time and 56 part-time security guards by July 8.

The guards provide security at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum.

“Our primary goal is to have a stronger, more adaptable security operation,” said Betsy Momich, the museum's director of communications.

She said security needs have steadily expanded over the past decade, driven by a growing number of exhibitions and programs and rental of museum space. Many of the programs and rentals are at night.

Momich said the layoffs are not expected to result in any savings, adding, “That was not the motivation.”

The guards will be offered the chance to work at a comparable salary for the private firm 3G Security Solutions of Pittsburgh, Momich said.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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