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MLBPA expressed support for Dodger Stadium concession workers

If a new contract isn’t reached, some employees of Ballpark concessions may refuse to work during All-Star Week.

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A strike by concessions staff at Dodger Stadium has the potential to interfere with All-Star events taking place in Los Angeles the following week.

As they pursue a new contract with Chicago-based Levy’s Restaurants, which manages concessions at Dodger Stadium, members of Unite Here, a union that represents around 1,500 food and beverage workers at the iconic ballpark, declared on Monday that they have authorized a work stoppage “at any time.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association also declared on Monday that it “stands in solidarity” with the union, saying that “the 1,200 MLBPA members will continue to stand behind them” and that “they deserve to be treated fairly.”

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But if picket lines are built up in front of the location of the MLB All-Star Game, how much support will the MLBPA, long regarded as one of the country’s most potent unions, offer?

In 2018, the New York Yankees came under fire for stepping over a Boston hotel workers’ picket line. The Los Angeles Dodgers followed suit a few weeks later.

The San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park concessionaires decided to go on strike last year over COVID-19 safety concerns and challenges with health care. But the issue was settled without a strike happening.

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Originally published on USA TODAY, this article says: An All-Star Game strike? MLBPA backs concession employees at Dodger Stadium.

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