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Lockout will now hit Wild employees hard

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08:20 AM ET 11.28 | The harsh reality of the lockout took hold Tuesday in the State of Hockey. During an all-staff meeting at 2 p.m. CT, the Wild announced that the roughly 200-person staff will be put on four-day, 32-hour work weeks, Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka told the Star Tribune. That will mean a 20% paycut for almost all employees. In an attempt to lessen the hurt with the holidays coming up, employees won't see an initial reduction in pay until their first paycheck after Christmas. "Our whole philosophy is we're all in this together," Majka said. ... If the lockout continues or eventually results in the cancelation of the 2012-13 season, Majka wouldn't speculate if layoffs could be the next step.

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November 28, 2012  08:33 AM ET

We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
And a not so freakin' Happy New Year.

- sung by the NHL and NHLPA boys choir.

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November 28, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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The players don't give a damn about the people who make up the off ice staff of your favorite NHL team.

Simple as that.

Not quite that simple Rex.

Ebenezer Jacobs had better expect visits from the Ghosts of Lockouts, Past, Present, and Future.

November 28, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Not quite that simple Rex. Ebenezer Jacobs had better expect visits from the Ghosts of Lockouts, Past, Present, and Future.

This nightmare has plenty of fairies floating around on both sides. Tinky Fehrer and Winky Buttman leading the parade.

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November 28, 2012  10:22 AM ET

The Players rightfully do not want to take rollbacks on their existing deals........but how comfortable can it be to see people making a fraction of what they do forced to take em ?

November 28, 2012  10:29 AM ET

During an all-staff meeting, the Wild announced that the roughly 200-person staff will be put on four-day, 32-hour work weeks...


They should still be thankful to have an employer who cares...no hockey equals no product which will eventually mean no staff required.

November 28, 2012  10:47 AM ET

A 32 hour work week should be the norm...with a 40 hr. pay rate of course.

November 28, 2012  10:57 AM ET

I,d love to see the players initiate something where they sit down & peg down the cost of cutting 1 day per week to all office employees and agree to split that cost 50-50 with the owners so that third parties that rely on their paychecks don't have to be put in that situation. It won't happen, but it would be nice.

November 28, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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The Players rightfully do not want to take rollbacks on their existing deals........but how comfortable can it be to see people making a fraction of what they do forced to take em ?

I'm sure, as in the real world....some are bothered and concerned for those less fortunate, then others who could care less.

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November 28, 2012  12:06 PM ET

Owner decides to shell out $20 mil in bonus's this year in case of a lockout. Owner spends nearly 200 mil on 2 very good, but not elite players. Owner couple days later says system needs to change. Owner now cuts staff pay.

Interesting. I am sure this makes complete sense to someone.

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November 28, 2012  01:03 PM ET
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Owner decides to shell out $20 mil in bonus's this year in case of a lockout. Owner spends nearly 200 mil on 2 very good, but not elite players. Owner couple days later says system needs to change. Owner now cuts staff pay.Interesting. I am sure this makes complete sense to someone.

The only people this makes any sense to is the Owners who are hosing their staff, especially after doling out so much dosh on 2 players. get a grip.

November 28, 2012  01:39 PM ET
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The Players rightfully do not want to take rollbacks on their existing deals........but how comfortable can it be to see people making a fraction of what they do forced to take em ?

Exactly. It???s a shame that the people who can afford it the least are the people hurt most by this lockout.

November 28, 2012  04:57 PM ET
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During an all-staff meeting, the Wild announced that the roughly 200-person staff will be put on four-day, 32-hour work weeks...They should still be thankful to have an employer who cares...no hockey equals no product which will eventually mean no staff required.

A lot of employees lose their health insurance if they don't make 40 hours a week. Not saying this is the case, but normal thru out.

November 28, 2012  08:38 PM ET

"We're all in this together?" Are you friggin' kidding me?

 
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