Negotiations between Dodger Stadium employees and their employer Compass Group/Levy Restaurants have been going well since the former announced they were planning a strike of the MLB All-Star Game and its festivities next weekend. In fact, they have gone so well that the workers have decided to withdraw their strike plans and will do the All-Star Game, Futures Game and Home Run Derby as normal.
In a statement from union Unite Here Local 11 representative Maria Hernandez, Hernandez said the union and their employers have made “substantial progress in our contract negotiations this week. Based on this, Local 11 has agreed not to strike at the All-Star Game and related events. Both sides look forward to a successful All-Star Game and further negotiations.”
However, this statement raises many questions. While they may have decided not to strike during the All-Star Game, what does that mean before the start of the second half? The Dodgers play their first series after the All-Star break at home against the Giants. Will concession workers be back before then from now on? What about the negotiations that went well to prevent the strike from continuing after “over”? 99 percent of employees voted to continue with the strike?”
As is the case with most strikes, payment, or lack thereof, was the biggest complaint union workers had with their employers. When the strike was first announced, Laura Ortiz, bartender for Compass Group and Levy Restaurants, 15 seasons at Dodger Stadium, claimed she voted for the strike because “I often have to take shifts at the Rose Bowl to try and get around.” come meet.” Even after 15 years, she says she doesn’t earn enough to live without an afterthought. That is clearly a problem. However, with the strike announced less than a week ago, it’s amazing how quickly most workers have changed their tune. That’s a great sign, and it piques every curiosity bone in my body. Who has negotiated with Compass Group/Levy Restaurants and can they negotiate with my insurance company when I need to update my policy?
With negotiations moving so fast, it’s hard to imagine a future where Dodgers games are unmanned. That said, even if negotiations move quickly, the union doesn’t seem intent on setting anything in stone beyond the All-Star Game.
On average, Dodger Stadium employees earn about $12,000 for 81 home games, according to unite here. Assuming all stadium employees work in eight-hour shifts, that would work out to $18.52 per hour. I can’t imagine union representatives going back to work for less than $20 an hour in the future, especially considering that All-Star weekend will likely require employees to work more hours for more fans for three consecutive days. .
Earlier this year, SoFi Stadium employees earned a groundbreaking union contract that ticked all the boxes Unite Here Local 11 seems to hit: decent wages, benefits and other protections. If the past four days are any indication, Dodger Stadium employees should be getting each of these and more very soon.