It was reported earlier this week that concession workers at Dodger Stadium, home of the upcoming MLB All-Star Game and festivities, were likely to go on strike ahead of the Midsummer Classic after their union failed to obtain what it deemed to be “a fair new union contract.”
The situation isn’t completely resolved, but those planning to head to Dodger Stadium for any All-Star events can breathe a little easier.
According to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN, union Unite Here Local 11 and employer Compass Group/Levy Restaurants have confirmed via a joint statement that the two sides “have made substantial progress” in negotiations. Thus, the concession workers have abandoned any plans for a strike.
“Both parties look forward to a successful All-Star Game and continued contract negotiations,” that statement reads.
Gonzalez notes that an average Dodger Stadium concession worker earns roughly $12K for 81 home Los Angeles Dodgers games. Unite Here Local 11, which represents those workers and thousands upon thousands of others in Southern California and Arizona, is looking to secure higher wages for members of the Dodger Stadium crew said to be made up of “1,500 or so food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers.”
As mentioned by the MLB website, Saturday’s Futures Game will be the first All-Star-Week event held at Dodger Stadium.