Bruins reducing employee pay, placing some on temporary leave

Matt Kalman
March 25, 2020 - 2:44 pm

It’s time to save another billion-dollar corporation some money during the worldwide Coronavirus crisis that’s crippling society as a whole and has shut down sports for the foreseeable future.

The latest move by the Bruins and Delaware North Company, with Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs as chairman, has been to enact what a press release very fancily called “temporary business stabilization measures.”

As per the press release, effective April 1, 68 full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave. They get one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits.

Another 82 full-time salaried associates will be seeing an indefinite reduction in salary.

Once again, without the transparency that a conference call or so some of interview could bring, we can’t learn which employees fall into which categories. We also don’t know if there’s any consideration for reducing pay to higher-ups in the Garden/Bruins corporate structure, say Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs or president Cam Neely.

The press release concludes: “these measures are intended to be temporary with associate employment and compensation returning once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”

The unprecedented stoppage is expected to last at minimum into late April. The NHL recently told its players to extend their self-quarantine period to April 6 and the CDC suggested limitation on large groups congregating extends at least several more weeks.

Previously the Bruins and Delaware North announced at $1.5 million fund that would pay part-time associates for the six Bruins home games that have thus far been postponed, but only if those games are officially cancelled. That decision might not come until June or July.

Also on Tuesday it was revealed by several published reports that hundreds of TD Garden ushers were laid off and told they might be eligible for unemployment.

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