The NHL informed its office staffers Wednesday morning that they would be forced to take 20 percent pay cuts and would transition to a four-day workweek beginning Oct. 1, multiple sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
What we really have here are the office employees as the biggest losers to this point in the lockout. Sure, teams aren't at training camp and aren't together gearing up for the start of the season, but as of right now, they haven't missed a paycheck.
The players and owners won't be missing checks until the end of October, and that when the NHL and NHLPA will eventually start strick negotiations to prevent from further losses. However, the office workers already have a percentage of their salary missing, as well as a one-day per week layoff.
They aren't the ones making the billions or millions of dollars. They have their annual salary from the NHL, but its worth pennies as far as what the owners and players are fighting over. So to them losing some pay, for an issue that really shouldn't concern them, shame on the NHL and NHLPA.
For their sake, as well as those who have jobs in hockey arenas and surrounding businesses, we hope this lockout will end sooner rather than later. Our economy already isn't doing too well as it is, if you haven't noticed.
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