Game 2 of the National League Division Series wasn’t the only big thing happening at Dodger Stadium last night. Just outside of the bright lights of October baseball, the concession stadium workers who staff the food and beverage stands at the stadium voted 98% in favor of ratifying a historic union contract with the concessions giants at the stadium, Compass Group and Levy Restaurants.
Back in July, there was a very real chance of the workers striking during the All-Star Game being held in Los Angeles, but that special event gave the workers the leverage they needed to improve their bargaining position. They agreed just before the All-Star break to continue negotiating without the need for a strike. In the end, they won a contract that will give some employees — including stand workers, dishwashers, and cooks — pay increases of more than $13 an hour.
Local 11 members at Dodger Stadium are proud to announce our 98% vote to ratify a historic new union contract during the MLB playoffs. !Si se puede! #1u #dodgers https://t.co/bWobX6dCCk
— UNITE HERE Local 11 (@UNITEHERE11) October 13, 2022
In a statement about the contract, Susan Minato, co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11, touted the deal as a huge win for the stadium workers.
“This is a historic day for Dodger Stadium workers. As the team goes on to play for the top prize in baseball, the workers who serve the food and pour the drinks have also won. These workers will now earn wages where they can support a family.”
The statement from Unite Here Local 11 also says that over 75% of workers will earn more than 30 dollars an hour by the end of their new contract. Workers also won “additional pay in recognition of service during COVID-19 and increased funding for their pensions and healthcare.”
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