Employees will work three-day week

BOSTON -- The Bruins will reduce their staff work week to three days to compensate for the decreasing workload during the ongoing NHL lockout.

Beginning Monday, all employees will work a three-day week and be eligible to use one vacation day per week until their vacation time is exhausted. The move will decrease salaries by 20 percent, though insurance and other benefits won't be affected, team president Harry Sinden said Thursday.

"I hope that this situation will only be necessary for a short time period," Sinden said. "We are also working with employees to find opportunities within related companies for part-time hours that will help ease these reductions."

The lockout, which began before training camp opened, reached its 120th day on Thursday and has already forced the cancellation of 618 games plus the NHL All-Star Game.