Delaware North: Garden staff placed on leave amid COVID-19 shutdown

Ruben Hill
March 26, 2020

Jeremy Jacobs was the subject of much criticism for his company's slow response to the coronavirus outbreak and plans for supporting Boston Bruins game-day employees.

Many who remain will see their salaries reduced on April 1.

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

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The level of those salary reductions is not clear. The Bruins said the leave measures and salary reductions set to go into effect April 1 are "intended to be temporary".

"None of these decisions were reached without hard and painful deliberations", read a statement. "These measures are meant to be temporary with associate employment and compensation returning once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage", the statement added. The C's do not employ any full-time Garden associates.

Jeremy Jacobs, the chairman of Delaware North, is the owner and governor of the Bruins.

Since the National Hockey League season was paused back on March 12, every National Hockey League franchise has announced some form of plan or other measure to properly compensate the thousands of part-time workers and other game-night staff that are now out a job.

The Boston Celtics already chose to pay team-employed, game-night personnel through the scheduled regular season.

This comes days after the Bruins ownership established the Jacobs Family Fund- $1.5 million to be paid out to game day associates if the remaining six games of the bruins regular season are not played. Concessions, security, and maintenance workers would fall under the category of full-time Garden/Delaware North employees.

Delaware North has been owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years and has an annual revenue of about $3.7 billion dollars, according to the corporation. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

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