With the NHL's collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15, full-time and front office employees of the Calgary Flames have been informed that pay cuts could be looming as soon as a potential lockout begins, writes Eric Francis of The Calgary Sun.
According to the article, the organization, with 175 full-time workers, is preparing for hard times:
"We have a contingency plan in place -- it would be stupid of us not to," confirmed Flames president and CEO Ken King, adding quickly that such a contingency plan doesn't presuppose there will be a lockout.
"What we would attempt to do is affect as few people as possible and as minimally as possible. The plan is quite generous in that some people it won't affect at all."
Employees could also take a little break, without a paycheck, writes Francis:
As an alternative, employees have been given the option of taking a sabbatical or prolonged leave of absence -- without pay -- with guarantees their job will be waiting for them upon their return.