Concession workers striking at AT&T Park

Concession workers strike at AT&T Park

Concession workers striking at AT&T Park
May 25, 2013, 11:00 am
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Around 700 "scabs" are expected at the AT&T Park concession stands Saturday. (AP)

Over 750 workers began a one-day strike around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Local 2 represents 12,000 hospitality workers in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and is picketing against Centerplate, the San Francisco Giants' food and beverage subcontractor.

The workers will return to work on Sunday, but the strikes is expected to last through Game 2 between the Giants and Rockies, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Food will still be served inside AT&T Park, as the stadium will bring in "scabs" to cover the game.

The Giants released the following statement:

We are disappointed that Centerplate and Local 2 have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract. We continue to urge both parties to get back to the bargaining table and to have productive discussions so the matter can be resolved as quickly as possible. This dispute is between Centerplate and Local 2, not the Giants.

Mayor Ed Lee has graciously offered to bring the parties together to work toward reaching a resolution for the sake of the employees and the fans. We thank him for his assistance and leadership in this matter.

We apologize to our fans for any inconvenience this unfortunate situation may have caused and we remain hopeful that Local 2 and Centerplate can find common ground and move forward.

Local 2 acknowledged that the concession workers’ primary dispute is with their direct employer, and not the Giants, as negotiations have been at a standstill between Centerplate and the concession workers’ union.

“This strike should be a wake-up call to Centerplate and the Giants.” said Patricia Ramirez, a cook for 13 years. “We want a new contract with wage increases, health care, and job security, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

For reference, around 700 concession workers are needed to staff a Giants game.

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