Bruins, Garden employees facing job, salary cuts

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Delaware North, the New York-based company chaired by Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, announced Wednesday that 150 members of the NHL team and employees at TD Garden will either be placed on temporary leave or will have their salaries reduced.

Delaware North said the measures, due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on its operations, will take effect beginning April 1.

According to the release, 68 of its full-time salaried associates will be "placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits." In addition, "82 of our full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction."

The cuts will not affect employees with contracts, according to the company, which owns TD Garden, home of both the Bruins and the NBA's Celtics.

The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to set up a fund to help part-time gameday employees who lost work because of the pandemic -- and then only if postponed games aren't made up. The fund contains $1.5 million, according to the team.

The team is owned by Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.

Earlier Wednesday, The News & Observer, citing a memo Carolina Hurricanes president/general manager Don Waddell sent to employees, reported that the team had informed all full-time, non-contracted employees that they will not be paid after this week.

But Waddell clarified the team's stance later Wednesday, telling the newspaper that such employees will be paid next week, and from there, the Hurricanes will figure it out on a week-to-week basis.

"The reason why we're going week by week is because there's a stimulus plan [being discussed in Congress] and no one has seen the final version of it yet," Waddell told The News & Observer. "We're trying to figure out what benefits there are, for employees and employers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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