Earlier this week, concession workers at Dodger Stadium voted to authorize a strike. That has created a buzz and some controversy as many wonder if it will impact the 92nd MLB All-Star Game. Most people who have been to a ball game can probably guess what the reason is. They have garnered sympathy from around the nation. That includes the political world as well.
Former presidential candidate and current Senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders, chimed in on social media.
The Dodger Stadium concession workers must receive a fair union contract. If the owners of the Dodgers (worth $8.8 billion) can afford to pay $166 million for one player, they can certainly afford to pay their concession workers a decent wage with decent benefits.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 12, 2022
Sanders tweeted: “The Dodger Stadium concession workers must receive a fair union contract. If the owners of the Dodgers (worth $8.8 billion) can afford to play $166 million for one player, they can certainly afford to pay concession workers a decent wage with decent benefits.”
Sanders is probably not wrong in his assumption. The Dodgers recently signed former Atlanta Braves superstar Freddie Freeman to a six-year, $162 million contract. But he’s not the only player laughing all the way to the bank. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts signed a $392 million deal with Los Angeles a couple seasons ago.
Workers employed by concessionaire Compass Group and its subsidiary Levy Restaurants voted 99% to authorize a strike. That strike could now begin at any time. With All-Star events beginning as early as Saturday, this could become a serious issue.
Susan Minato, co-president of the union, was quoted saying “They (concession workers) are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet… No worker should have to continue to live like this,” as captured by the AP.
The MLBPA issued a statement on Monday supporting the union’s decision. Next week is slated to be the first All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium since 1980.