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Volume 26 No. 181
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Ducks Owners Extend Arena Workers' Payment To End Of June

Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli announced Thursday that 2,100 part-time employees within all of their companies would be paid for current or future rescheduled, postponed or canceled events through June 30. The decision comprises all events at the Honda Center, nine ice and inline facilities, the AHL’s San Diego Gulls and a local restaurant. Anaheim Arena Management President & CEO Tim Ryan said the family’s "primary concern is the welfare of their employees," and this is "another example of their kindness, generosity and support for the local community” (Mark J. Burns, THE DAILY). In L.A., Bill Shaikin writes the Samuelis "set a new standard Thursday for taking care of workers" (L.A. TIMES, 4/3). Meanwhile, in Newark, Brendan Kuty noted the Yankees and NYCFC have set up a $1.4M fund to help Yankee Stadium workers "deal with problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic." Last month, MLB said that all 30 teams would donate at least $1M to out-of-work ballpark employees. A Yankees spokesperson said that the $1.4M is "comprised of that million, plus another $400,000" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/2). Truist Financial Corp. also has awarded a grant of $250,000 to the Atlanta Braves' Relief Fund to support the needs of hourly workers at Truist Park, CoolToday Park and each of the MiLB facilities operated by the Braves (Truist).