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150 TD Garden, Bruins workers face job, salary cuts in wake of coronavirus shutdown

A pedestrian passes TD Garden in Boston.
A pedestrian passes TD Garden in Boston.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/file

A total 150 employees of the Bruins and TD Garden next week will see their paychecks shrink or disappear as the coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt the cash flow and operations of Delaware North, the Buffalo-based corporation led by Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.

Delaware North, which owns the currently dormant Garden, issued a news release Wednesday that detailed the rollbacks in what it termed a “temporary business stabilization” plan for its 150 full-time workers employed across the two entities.

"Effective April 1, 2020, 68 of our full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits,” the company noted in its three-paragraph release.

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"Additionally,” it stated, “as of April 1, 2020, 82 of our full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction.”

Workers under contract, such as Bruins management and coaches, will not be subject to the rollbacks, based on language in the release stating those with “employment contracts” would be exempt from both the leave and salary reduction.

“As relayed to our associates today, none of these decisions were reached without difficult and painful deliberations,” the company noted. “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 Garden went into mothballs two weeks ago, following the NBA and NHL placing their seasons in suspension because of the ongoing pandemic. The Garden also remains closed to all entertainment events.

Read the full statement here:

Delaware North today announced temporary business stabilization measures relating to Boston Bruins and TD Garden full-time salaried associates due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our operations.

Effective April 1, 2020, 68 of our full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits. Additionally, as of April 1, 2020, 82 of our full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction. Those associates not impacted by the temporary leave or salary reduction have employment contracts.

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As relayed to our associates today, none of these decisions were reached without difficult and painful deliberations. 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.


Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.