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Want a ballpark frank at the San Francisco Giants game? Well, you may want to consider bringing your own.
That’s because concession workers at the Giants’ Oracle Park voted to strike on Saturday, citing “safety, health care and hazard pay.”
Concession workers still performed their normal duties for Saturday’s game. But that can now change at any time.
Per SFGate, UNITE HERE Local 2, which represents 930 concession workers, said on Twitter at least 20 have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the season. The union estimated that about 97% of its active stadium workers have voted to strike.
“Bon Appétit (Management Company) and the Giants’ approach to workers and fans’ safety during this latest surge of COVID-19 is completely inadequate and dangerously irresponsible,” Anand Singh, president of Local 2, said, via SFGATE.
“Our members have carried on through this pandemic without fair compensation and security in our health insurance, while the Giants have continued to reap profits. We are ready to fight for our health, our safety, and for justice at the ballpark.”
The Giants released a statement of their own, seemingly attempting to play the role of peacemaker.
“Bon Appétit Management Company and Local 2 are currently engaged in collective bargaining negotiations,” the statement read. “We encourage both sides to work productively to reach an agreement as soon as possible. The Giants make the health and safety of everyone working and visiting Oracle Park a top priority. We operate our venue in compliance with local and state health requirements.”
The Giants (86-50) enter Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers tied with the them for first place in the NL West. So it will certainly be a game worth watching. Just don’t come hungry.