Coronavirus Layoffs: XFL Latest To Cut Jobs Amid Pandemic
Topline: As the coronavirus pandemic keeps Americans confined to their homes, nearly every industry has been negatively impacted by the disease, and businesses losing out on cash flow have started laying off workers.
Here’s who’s axed staff so far:
Airlines & Transportation
- Air Canada will lay off 5,100 members of its cabin crew, about half of its current roster, as its planned flights for April have been cut by nearly 80%.
- Avis Car Rental Boston’s Logan International Airport reportedly laid off an undisclosed number of workers.
- Norwegian Air said that it would temporarily lay off up to 50% of its workforce, meaning 7,300 workers, and suspend 4,000 flights due to the pandemic.
- Scandinavian Airlines said Sunday it will temporarily lay off 10,000 employees, equal to 90% of their staff.
- Stena Line, a European ferry operator, announced that 950 jobs would be cut in Sweden due to a sharp decline in travel bookings.
- Canadian airline and travel company Transat AT let go of 3,600 workers, or about 70% of its workforce.
- ZipCar, a car rental company, laid off 20% of its 500 workers.
- Miami International Airport concession vendors Global Miami Joint Venture and Airport Concessions Group collectively laid off 758 employees.
- Over 1,200 workers were laid off from OTG, which staffs restaurants and stores in New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, along with New Jersey’s Newark International Airport.
- Workers have also been laid off from Philadelphia International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Arts & Culture
- Film studio 20th Century Fox dismissed 120 Los Angeles-based employees.
- The Houston, Texas-based Alley Theatre laid off 75% of its staff and implemented pay cuts for remaining staff.
- Caesars Entertainment Corp. also begun -prompted layoffs.
- Christie Lights, an Orlando, Florida, based stage lighting company, laid off 100 employees.
- Toronto-based movie theater chain Cineplex Inc. off thousands of part-time workers after being forced to shut its 165 locations across Canada and the U.S.
- The Circuit of the Americas, an Austin, Texas-based concert, automobile racing, conference and entertainment complex, said it was laying off an undisclosed number of workers after being indefinitely closed due to .
- Montreal-based circus producer Cirque du Soleil will lay off 4,679 people—95% of its staff.
- Talent agency Endeavor laid off 250 workers, with the first wave focusing on those who cannot do their jobs from home, such as and restaurant workers.
- The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE, estimated that 120,000 jobs for film workers, including technicians, artisans and other crew positions have been eliminated.
- About 300 workers across the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Normal Rockwell Museum and the Hancock Shaker Village will be out of jobs by mid-April.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California, let go of all 97 part-time staffers.
- About 85 freelancers in Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art have been cut.
- Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut laid off approximately 200 workers.
- Hollywood talent agency Paradigm laid off around 100 employees and reduced payroll for the remaining 500.
- The Science Museum of Minnesota temporarily laid off 400 employees.
- At least 50 employees of music and culture festival South By Southwest were let go after this year’s event was canceled, the Washington Post reported.
- New York City’s Whitney Museum laid off 76 workers.
- Improvisational theater and school Upright Citizens Brigade laid off dozens of workers.
- Boston University laid off over 1,600 student workers.
- Sacramento City Unified School District in California eliminated nearly 47 full-time equivalent roles.
- Manhattan brokerage Meridian Capital Group reduced staff in its corporate support and departments.