According to an unnamed source, The Madison Square Garden company is asking its employees to return to work today as New York City continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The website Gawker — which is operating on its backup site due to storm damage — received and published an email forwarded by an anonymous MSG employee stating that if they do not show up to work today, they will be docked a personal day.
Here's the key paragraph of the email, which is purportedly frpm MSG management (emphasis ours):
In order to ensure that we continue operating our business and are able to deliver the very best experience for our customers, we are asking employees to come to work.We recognize that many employees are impacted by the transportation issues as well as a lack of power, and that some are even dealing with personal damage and health issues. In the event that you need to make the personal decision that you are unable to come to work, you will need to notify your supervisor and take a personal or vacation day to cover the time off.
The Knicks, one of the many franchises and companies owned by MSG (along with the New York Rangers Rangers, Fuse TV channel and the MSG Network) , will open their season against the Miami Heat tonight. Heat star Dwayne Wade told USA Today that he thinks the game should be postponed.
"I just felt there were bigger things to be concerned about than us being here to play a basketball game," Wade said. "Obviously sports is something that takes people's minds away from things, but there are bigger things that need to be done here in the city."
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