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HABS' JULIEN, BERGEVIN AGREE TO WAGE CUT

TIM TUCKER
MARCH 24, 2020  ·  18H00
In what's being called a show of solidarity with many Montreal Canadiens employees who discovered Tuesday that they are being laid off amid the shutdown of NHL play due to COVID-19 concerns, the organization's head coach and general manager have both agreed to take a cut in pay. According to RDS, the cut for both Claude Julien and Marc Bergevin is 20 percent, effective March 30th when the layoffs kick in.

Groupe CH, which owns the Canadiens, revealed Tuesday it will layoff 60 percent of its workforce, citing the stoppage in NHL and AHL play, as well as the cancellation of several other shows and events.

"This decision had become necessary given the major impact of the pandemic on the sports and entertainment industry," said a release from Groupe CH.

Along with the announcement of layoffs came the creation of an assistance fund of $6 million to limit the impact of the decision on employees. Employees will be able to collect almost 80 percent of their wages for the first eight weeks without work. It also includes a temporary loan program available to employees who may find themselves in a difficult financial situation directly linked to the current pandemic.



Groupe CH added it will recall its workforce as soon as the situation allows.

Source: RDS
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