Bears will not have layoffs, furloughs

The Chicago Bears are not planning a work force reduction if the labor situation takes a turn for the worse and the NFL institutes a lockout.

The club announced Friday that team president Ted Phillips announced there will be no layoffs, furloughs or “immediate pay cuts” in the event there is a lockout. The owners and players agreed to a one-week extension in their talks in Washington. The new deadline is Friday. If substantive progress isn’t made by then, there is no telling what way the situation could go.

But Phillips ensured employees they will not be affected. Pay cuts will not happen until games are lost and at this point most seem cautiously optimistic a new CBA will be hammered out some time this month.

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