We knew the lockout wouldn't just affect the players and the owners. And Jeff Schulz reported today regarding "minor payroll deductions" affecting members of the office staff. The cuts weren't been confirmed by the team, because discussing such things is against FO policy, which is not at all surprising.
The team has not made any announcement regarding the pay cuts, per the organization’s policy of not discussing internal business matters. Blank, who is as image-conscious as they come, also prefers that this type of news not get out. But the cuts seemed inevitable.
The Falcons are not alone in taking this approach. Obviously I haven't seen the books, but I'm curious how much money they're really saving. Regardless, it just doesn't sit right. Schulz summarized the absurdity underlying this move as follows:
There is something wrong when low-salaried secretaries are paying the price for a collective bargain war between billionaire owners and millionaire players. That’s something both sides need to think about.
If you think about it, there are others who won't be paid at all. Parking lot attendants, beer salespeople, and overpriced replica jersey hawkers. No moulah for them. Interestingly, the coaches are apparently taking a side amidst all these shenanigans. If you follow the link above, you'll find the legal brief they filed in support of the players.