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Monday, September 06, 2021

Concession workers at San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park vote to strike

Concession workers at the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to strike, citing concerns over COVID-19 safety and health coverage.

According to UNITE HERE Local 2, at least 20 concessions workers have contracted COVID-19 since the stadium reopened this season. According to the union, 96.7% of active stadium workers voted to strike.

The workers are employed by Bon Appetit, a company contracted by the Giants. They worked Saturday night’s 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park and union president Anand Singh said they will also work Sunday’s series finale.

“Ballpark food service workers’ 96.7% vote yesterday to authorize a strike shows that we’re ready to do whatever it takes to win health care, hazard pay, and safety on the job,” Singh said in a statement Sunday. “We’re going back to the negotiating table on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week, and workers will report to work for today’s game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2021 at 12:07 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. . Posted: September 06, 2021 at 05:26 PM (#6038484)
Kinda guessing the players' "union" won't honor the strike.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 06, 2021 at 07:47 PM (#6038507)
Neither will most fans.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 06, 2021 at 09:40 PM (#6038515)
I can hardly wait for Curt Schilling to weigh in on this. (smile)

Neither will most fans.

So then who's going to serve them their overpriced sushi? Or are the Giants now going to let fans bring their own food to the ballpark?

But since the Giants are on the road for the next 7 days, I have a sneaking suspicion this will be settled by then. I just hope the union doesn't cave.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2021 at 10:21 PM (#6038527)
I'm confused. Why don't the concession workers just get vaccinated if they're concerned about COVID. If you choose not to get vaccinated (which I absolutely believe is your right), you take your chances. It has to go both ways. If employers don't/can't mandate vaccination, they can't be held liable if you get sick.
   5. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: September 07, 2021 at 09:58 AM (#6038555)
Where in the article does it state, one way or the other, that the workers were, or weren't vaccinated?
It's rather a poor article, since it doesn't break out when the workers contracted COVID and their vaccination status at the time.
19 cases over the course of a season doesn't seem terribly high, but when and how seems important; if the cases clumped at the beginning of the season, when the majority of workers probably weren't eligible for their first shot (or their preferred shot wasn't available) that's one thing. If they're seeing a surge now with the Delta variant AND most workers are vaccinated, that would be another.

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