Delaware North releases statement on how coronavirus shutdown is affecting full-time TD Garden employees

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Delaware North, the owner and operator of TD Garden, released a new statement on Wednesday regarding changes being made in its workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has suspended the NHL and NBA seasons.

Released through the Bruins, the statement explains "temporary business stabilization measures" that will affect 150 full-time salaried employees. Sixty-eight of them will be placed on temporary leave while 82 others will have a temporary reduction in pay. Read the full statement below:

"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.

"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."

TD Garden's other major sports resident, the Boston Celtics, are reportedly paying their part-time game-night employees their typical wages through the end of the regular season. The C's do not employ any full-time Garden associates. Concessions, security, and maintenance workers would fall under the category of full-time Garden/Delaware North employees.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who according to Forbes has a net worth of $3.3 billion, is also the chairman of Delaware North. The company reported $3.7 billion in revenue in 2019.

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