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Chiefs refund employees, too

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The official list of teams who took away money from non-player employees for no good reason during the lockout but have no fixed the situation is up to three.

According to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star (via Chris Thorman of Arrowhead Pride), the Chiefs will refund all employees whose pay was cuts on Friday, in their next round of regular paychecks.   Mellinger also reports that three-percent raises retroactive to March 1 will be included.

We supposed that this move could be described, given the team’s nickname (and the similar but far more offensive NFL team nickname in Washington), as the reverse-Indian-giver.

Congrats, Chiefs, on doing the right thing.  Though we would have preferred to see the Chiefs and the other teams do the right thing in the first place and not punish non-players for a situation they didn’t cause, it’s good to know they’ll be made whole.

And while the Chiefs are feeling charitable, here’s hoping they decide to let their game-day stadium employees stick around to watch the home team without buying their own tickets.

UPDATE:  On that last point, the Chiefs already have reversed course, as reported by the Kansas City Star and confirmed by PFT.

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15 Responses to “Chiefs refund employees, too”
  1. craggt says: Jul 25, 2011 6:41 PM

    Now if only they would not screw over their part time employees and let them stay and watch the games…

  2. backinblack67 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    They need to refund their crappy arse fans for that lame AFC West playoff showing.

  3. hawkeye6 says: Jul 25, 2011 6:53 PM

    NFL organizations are starting to be really stand up, especially during this time of national economic stress.

    Kudos to the Chiefs, Jets and whoever else follows suit.

  4. duanethomas says: Jul 25, 2011 6:57 PM

    Congrats Chiefs my ass, they should have never reduced salaries in the first place. That goes for all the teams who actually saved money during the lockout, due to non-existent players cost. Now they are refunding money that they have been getting interest on, so now they want a pat on the back? This ain’t your fathers Chiefs of Lamar Hunt, this is his cheap son who was born on third base. The salary floor and levels of money spent was meant for cheap organizations like the chiefs.

  5. pperkowski says: Jul 25, 2011 6:58 PM

    Bills announced that they would be doing the same.

  6. goldeelox says: Jul 25, 2011 7:02 PM

    It’s a copycat league.

  7. normswifevera says: Jul 25, 2011 7:02 PM

    So they’re not just refunding the money, they’re giving raises retroactive to before the lockout even started? Nice job burying the lead.

  8. chiefwildcat says: Jul 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    To my knowledge, the issues with game day employees have been addressed as well and they will get to stay for the game once their work is done.

  9. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 25, 2011 7:04 PM

    The NORMAL employees for the NFL would have been the real losers of this whole lockout. Good for them, a lot of people are struggling right now.

  10. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 7:15 PM

    Sweet.

  11. pftstory says: Jul 25, 2011 7:40 PM

    Anyone ever think that the bulk of the income comes not during the offseason and the losses would pile up if games were lost?

    Pure logic says, if they didn’t have as much work for the staff and feared a money crunch, its easier to not pay the employee full salary (or lay them off) and make it up later, then to give the money with a strike looming and ask for it back after games/income was lost.

    I can’t believe we live in a world where so many demand people be paid for not working.

    But obviously these teams planned on making up the lost income if the lockout didn’t miss games/income.

  12. melonnhead says: Jul 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    NFL organizations are starting to be really stand up, especially during this time of national economic stress.

    Kudos to the Chiefs, Jets and whoever else follows suit.

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    Indeed, and special kudos as well to the organizations that didn’t lay anybody off or cut anybody’s salary during this time of national economic stress. I feel it needs to be said, because there will likely be no articles about these organizations trumpeting how they believe that the “bottom line” isn’t always the most important thing.
    It’s refreshing to know that your employer has got your back in hard times because it’s a pretty rare thing. It’s great that these other teams are making good after making bad, but it’s more of a PR move than anything else. We’re not talking about a lot of money from a billionaire’s standpoint so it never should have happened in the first place. It’s a lot from a working family man’s point of view.

  13. pete1616 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:16 PM

    employees should never have been docked in the first place! not until teams lost money.

  14. kchoya says: Jul 25, 2011 8:43 PM

    “That goes for all the teams who actually saved money during the lockout, due to non-existent players cost.”

    What “players cost?” Every other post on the lockout has mentioned that the players don’t get paid for the preseason, they only get paid during the regular season.

    Since the club wasn’t saving money due to the lockout, what costs are you referring to?

  15. thefiesty1 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:47 PM

    How about giving them some of the players minimum if they really appreciate their non-playing employees. I mean, 3 percent! Gee, thanks.

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