It may only take one shot to cancel the MLB All-Star Game this year.
With MLB All-Star Weekend set to begin in Los Angeles on Friday, workers at the host Dodgers’ franchise have voted to strike for a new contract.
According At UNITE HERE Local 11, the union that represents them, 99% of the workers manning the food and beverage stands at Dodger Stadium voted to strike.
Bartender Laura Ortiz told her union, “I voted yes to the strike because I often have to take shifts at the Rose Bowl just to try to make ends meet.”
Bartender Sylvia Sosa confirmed, “I have proudly served Dodger dogs and beers for many years and want our company, Compass/Levy, to recognize our value.
Compass Group subsidiary Levy Restaurants employs nearly 1,500 service workers at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers franchise strikers and UNITE HERE Local 11 aren’t alone on his side of the table.
The MLB Players Association tweeted a statement saying the union “stands in solidarity with the Dodger Stadium concession workers.”
“Local 11 members are a vital but underappreciated part of what makes our game great. They deserve to be treated fairly and will continue to have all 1,200 MLBPA members behind them,” the union wrote.
Senator Bernard Sanders, a recognized Brooklyn Dodgers fan, also tweeted his support.
“If the owners of the Dodgers (worth $8.8 billion) can afford to pay $166 million for a player, they can certainly afford to pay their franchise workers a living wage with benefits. decent,” the Vermont socialist wrote on Twitter.
A strike could seriously hamper the Dodgers’ plans to successfully stage the next MLB All-Star Game.
Although the game itself won’t take place until Tuesday, MLB has scheduled days filled with associated activities, including the MLB Draft starting on Sunday and the Home Run Derby on Monday.
The All-Star break for MLB team games runs Monday through Wednesday.