Workers set up quarantine trailers to temporarily house people with COVID-19 on March 31, 2020. Reno Gazette Journal
Add REI to the list of companies implementing staff reductions, furloughs and pay cuts.
Eric Artz, president and CEO of REI, said in an email that all retail and field employees at REI will begin an unpaid 90-day furlough on April 15.
He said furloughed employees will still receive health insurance benefits through the furlough and that REI will pay the employees share of insurance costs.
REI is an outdoor recreation services corporation with one store in Reno.
Artz will forfeit 100 percent of his base salary for the next six months and all of his incentive eligibility for 2020.
Also, the REI board of directors will forfeit all their fees for the next six months and the senior leadership team will take a 20 percent cut in pay for the next six months.
In mid-March, REI closed all 162 retail locations through April 14, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Artz said REI stores will begin to re-open stores for curbside pickup over the next 45 days.
“We’re going to prioritize the safety of our employees and customers and closely track federal and local guidance,” Artz wrote.
He said there will also be staff reductions in the headquarters workforce in Kent, Washington due to limited operation.
He said orders through REI.com are being shipped for free and that customers with questions can ask online at REI Conversations.
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