Concession workers, employers in talks to avoid All-Star Game strike

The union that represents concession workers at Dodger Stadium and the company that employs them said Wednesday they returned to the bargaining table, two days after workers threatened a strike that could disrupt the All-Star game .

On Monday the union announced that 99% of these workers would have authorized a strike “at any time”. The workers are employed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, the company the Dodgers contracted with to operate stadium concessions.

That Major League Baseball Players Assn. and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have since spoken out for the workers.

On Wednesday, the two sides jointly issued this statement: “Unite Here Local 11 and Compass/Levy at Dodger Stadium have resumed contract negotiations to avert a strike during the All-Star Game.”

Compass is the parent company of Levy Restaurants.

The Dodger Stadium All-Star celebrations begin with the Futures game on Saturday, followed by the home run derby on Monday and the All-Star game on Tuesday.

In a statement Monday, the union said workers were seeking “a fair new union contract,” without naming any demands. The union said it represents nearly 1,500 waiters, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers at Dodger Stadium.

“They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industries, but many are struggling to stay housed and make ends meet,” Susan Minato, co-president of Unite Here Local 11, said in the statement. “They often live with economic insecurity because the quality of jobs varies from stadium to stadium. No worker should have to go on living like this.” Concession workers, employers in talks to avoid All-Star Game strike

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