The stadium workers voted 99% in favor of a strike on Sunday to gain a “fair new union contract” from Compass Group and subsidary Levy Restaurants, which operate the food and beverage stands at the stadium. Details on what the workers want in the new contract were not given — only that the strike for the contact “could be called at any moment,” according to a press release from Unite Here Local 11.
“Stadium workers are proud of the role they play to bring fans the best game experience possible,” said Susan Minato, Unite Here Local 11’s co-president. “They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet. They often live with economic uncertainty because the quality of jobs vary stadium to stadium. No worker should have to continue living like this.”
Levy Restaurants, a company based in Chicago, employs almost 1,500 concession workers at the stadium, most of whom are people of color by “an overwhelming majority,” the press release said.
The MLB Players Association shared its support for the stadium workers on social media, calling Unite Here Local 11’s members a “vital but under appreciated part of what makes our game great.”
The July 19 festivities will mark the second time the stadium hosts an All-Star Game, whose winner determines whether a National League or an American League team enjoys home-field advantage for the majority of World Series games in the fall. The stadium is also expecting to hold the All-Star Futures Game on Saturday and the Home Run Derby on Monday.
Levy Restaurants did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.