Dodger Stadium concession workers may strike All-Star Game

Concession workers at Dodger Stadium could go on strike ahead of next week’s All-Star game, the union representing those workers said Monday.

99 percent of food and beverage workers at Dodger Stadium voted Sunday to authorize a strike, Unite Here spokeswoman Maria Hernandez said in a statement.

The strike could begin “at any time,” the statement said. 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.

The workers are employed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants, the company responsible for concession operations at Dodger Stadium. Kevin Memolo, the spokesman for Levy Restaurants, did not immediately return a message Monday.

In the statement, the union said it represents nearly 1,500 “food servers, bartenders, housekeeping, cooks and dishwashers at Dodger Stadium.”

The workers are seeking “a fair new union contract,” the statement said. In an interview, Hernandez said she couldn’t make any specific demands, but said the pandemic has shed a clear light on the housing and health care inequalities faced by workers.

“They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industries, but many struggle to find housing and make ends meet,” said Susan Minato, co-president of Unite Here Local 11. “They often live with economic insecurity due to the Quality of jobs vary from stadium to stadium. No worker should have to go on living like this.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-07-11/dodger-stadium-concession-workers-threaten-to-strike-all-star-game Dodger Stadium concession workers may strike All-Star Game

Emma Bowman

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