Dodger Stadium Concession Workers Strike All Star Game

This Major Sports Stadium May Not Be Selling Any Food or Beverages During the Biggest Game of the Season

But if food is allowed, anyone going to one of the biggest baseball games of the year could have to bring their own. Should we begin assembling our PB&J sandwiches right away? If we are unable to buy $8 hot dogs, is this truly baseball?

It's all because of a possible strike that occurs during the upcoming MLB All-Star Game across the concession stands at Dodger Stadium.

This Saturday marks the commencement of the potentially sold-out event and its associated festivities, which also feature a concert and a celebrity softball game.

Thousands of spectators would be without food and drink options if the stadium's 1,500 concession employees, who are employed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants and represented by the hospitality union Unite Here, threatened to walk off the job.

The group is in the process of concluding a new contract with the stadium and is seeking to bargain for better terms as part of that agreement.

The employees are asking for a contract that resembles the one at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. According to Restaurant Business, some of their demands include greater pay, such as dishwashers being paid $30 per hour.

According to Maria Hernandez, a United Here representative, as of yet, nearly 99 percent of the food and beverage employees—including the chefs, servers, bartenders, dishwashers, and suite guests—have consented to the strike.

The potential strike is supported by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The members of Local 11 are an essential but undervalued component of what makes our game great, much like thousands of ballpark employees across the nation, according to a statement from the MLBPA.

They have 1,200 MLBPA members behind them, and they deserve to be treated fairly.

Although the stadium was closed in 2020 and only had a small capacity in 2021, the prior contract expired in 2019, thus this is the first time most stadium employees were anticipated to return to work.

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