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Minnesota United Criticized For Email Sent To Part-Time Employees

A "tweetstorm broke out Tuesday over an email Minnesota United sent its part-time employees at Allianz Field," which encouraged recipients to "file for unemployment compensation" as the club's games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Andy Greder of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The email also "shared hyperlinks to let part-time employees know the club's partners -- Target, Cub and Pepsi -- are hiring temporary workers." Minnesota United yesterday said that this email was "plucked out of a series of four or five that intended to inform and communicate with a subset of about 100 workers -- mostly ticket-takers and ushers who work only a few hours at each Loons home game." These emails "did not go to contracted stadium workers in food, janitorial and security services nor full-time employees, who are working from home during the health crisis." Greder notes "handfuls of online reviews of this email saw it as crass" given the club's ownership group, which includes Owner Bill McGuire, T'Wolves and Lynx Owner Glen Taylor and the Twins' Pohlad family "among a dozen other Minnesota-based families, has not yet pledged to compensate part-time workers during its suspended season" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/26).