Concession workers at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium will not strike ahead of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at the ballpark, their union spokesperson said in a statement Friday, after a widely publicized threat to strike.
Maria Hernandez, spokesperson for Unite Here Local 11, said in emailed comments the union decided not to strike following “substantial progress in our contract negotiations this week” with its employer, food services giant Compass Group and its subsidiary Levy Restaurants.
The union said Monday 99% of the nearly 1,500 food and beverage workers it represents authorized a strike at the All-Star Game.
$12,000. That's how much the average Dodger Stadium concessions worker makes annually across the Dodgers' 81 home games, Unite Here told ESPN.
The strike gained notable support from the Major League Baseball Players Association, which said in a statement Monday the players union “stands in solidarity with Dodger Stadium concession workers” who “deserve to be treated fairly.” Strikes at sports venues are rare, though workers at Oracle Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, Voted to strike last September over health concerns before backing down three weeks later after reaching an agreement with its employer.
The 2022 MLB season started a week later than scheduled following a 99-day lockout caused by the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement between the MLBPA and the league's 30 owners.
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