With MLB All-Star Week festivities at Dodger Stadium beginning Saturday, concession workers and Compass Group/Levy are making an effort to avoid a potential strike.
“Unite Here Local 11 and Compass/Levy at Dodger Stadium have resumed contract discussions in an effort to avert a strike during the All-Star Game,” the labor group said in a statement on Wednesday.
At the beginning of the week, Dodger Stadium employees voted 99% to strike, which Unite Here Local 11 said could be imposed at any moment before the All-Star Game.
“I voted yes to strike because I often have to pick up shifts at the Rose Bowl just to try to make ends meet,” said Laura Ortiz, who has been a Compass Group and Levy Restaurants bartender at Dodger Stadium for 15 seasons.
“I love working at Dodger Stadium and know that our company can do better.”
Concession workers garnered support from the MLB Players Association as they seek a union contract SoFi workers received earlier this year that provided improved wages, benefits and other protections.
“The MLPBA stands in solidarity with Dodger Stadium concession workers represented by Unite Here Local 11,” the union said in a statement. “Like thousands of ballpark workers across the country, Local 11’s members are a vital yet under appreciated part of what makes our game great.
“They deserve to be treated fairly and will continue to have the 1,200 members of the MLBPA behind them.”
Levy employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dish washers at Dodger Stadium.
All-Star events at Dodger Stadium
Saturday, July 16
4 p.m. PT: MLB Futures Game
7:15 p.m.: Celebrity Softball Game
9:15 p.m.: Extra Innings concert with Becky G
Monday, July 18
5 p.m.: Home Run Derby
Tuesday, July 19
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