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MLS team under fire for telling out-of-work employees that Pepsi is hiring rather than support them


Rather, the reported email told employees they were encouraged to file for unemployment benefits, and that the club’s partners at Cub Foods, PepsiCo and Target are hiring.


Minnesota United told the Pioneer Press on Wednesday 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 at the St. Paul stadium.


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.


Other MLS teams such as Atlanta United and Orlando City have pledged to pay hourly workers for postponed games, per the Press.


McGuire resigned in disgrace from UnitedHealth in 2006 amid allegations of backdating stock options, purported to be worth $1.6 billion .


Minnesota United has opted against paying gameday staff amid the coronavirus crisis.






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