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Volume 26 No. 179
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Mariners To Reduce Salaries To Avoid Furloughs, Layoffs For Now

The Mariners will “reduce the salaries of employees under MLB’s Uniform Employee Contract,” including Exec VP & GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais, in an “attempt to avoid layoffs or furloughs,” according to Ryan Divish of the SEATTLE TIMES. Employees under a UEC were told by the team that there “would be no layoffs or furloughs for UEC employees through the end of the baseball year," which is Oct. 31. All benefits will continue through that time. To accomplish that, UEC employees earning more than $60,000 “must accept a minimum-salary reduction” of 20%. Others with larger salaries “will take a higher percentage reduction” (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/13). THE ATHLETIC’s Corey Brock noted the cut “will affect roughly 60 people employed by the team in various departments.” Dipoto said that the news “was largely met with a sense of relief, especially with the possibility of layoffs and furloughs off the table for now” (THEATHLETIC.com, 5/12).