The Dodgers could complicate the MLB All-Star Game by not addressing threats of a strike by stadium workers at Dodger Stadium.
The MLB All-Star Game rosters have been set and the baseball world is getting ready to head for Los Angeles for the festivities.
When fans get there, however, they might run into some issues at Dodger Stadium if the Dodgers don’t address the frustrations of stadium workers.
Food and beverage workers voted 99 percent in favor of striking, according to the Los Angeles Times, in hopes of getting a new union contract.
Dodgers could ruin All-Star Game thanks to stadium workers strike
The 1,500 workers are seeking better compensation to addressing housing, healthcare and other economic hardships exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MLB Players Association released a statement supporting the workers.
“The MLBPA stands in solidarity with the Dodger Stadium concessions workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 11,” the statement said. “Like thousands of ballpark workers across the country, Local 11’s members are a vital yet under appreciated part of what makes our game great. They deserve to be treated fairly and will continue to have the 1,200 members of the MLBPA behind them.”
It’s up to the Dodgers to make sure this situation doesn’t impact the All-Star game. The organization doesn’t directly employ the food and beverage workers, who are managed by Levy Restaurants. That doesn’t mean they can’t support their workers and put their weight behind negotiations to get a deal done.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for July 19 with events staged throughout the weekend.