Bucs Will Temporarily Lock Out EmployeesMay 26th, 2011
Joe’s going to assume for a moment there are several employees at One Buc Palace who do not have guaranteed contracts and/or are paid by the hour.
Based on a statement from the Bucs, per the official team website, these people will lose a week’s pay — or be forced to use paid leave – when the Bucs close their offices next week as a lockout-driven, cost-cutting measure. (Joe wants to believe Bucs staff will get holiday pay for Memorial Day, but Joe’s unsure.) Below is the Bucs’ statement:
Due to the current NFL labor situation, the Buccaneers’ offices will be closed Memorial Day week. If the work stoppage continues into the fall, additional office closures during the week of Labor Day and in the winter have been conditionally added to the calendar. However, if the labor situation is resolved without the loss of any regular-season games, any lost wages will be fully reimbursed to Buccaneer employees.
“The Buccaneers remain hopeful that the 2011 season will be played without interruption; presuming this occurs, the plan will essentially provide the team’s entire staff with an extra week of paid vacation,” said team spokesman Jonathan Grella. “And more importantly, this plan preserves jobs and does not ask employees to work for less or no pay.”
The contingency plan was introduced in March in order to cause as little disruption as possible, and to allow the advance planning of vacations at a spot on the calendar when Buccaneers employees often take time off.
Other NFL teams are inflicting similar stress on their staff members. Joe feels bad for those whose lives are caught in the NFL lockout crossfire.
Joe thinks this potential cost-saving move by the Bucs is a little surprising and distressing, given how vocal Bucs officials have been in addressing the Tampa Bay region’s poor economy and the fact that the team needs all the time it can get to have its salespeople pounding the streets and working the phones to sell tickets.