Oracle Park concession workers vote to strike over pandemic concerns

Concession workers at the MLB Giants' Oracle Park voted "to strike in response to concerns over safety during the coronavirus pandemic, health care and hazard pay," according to Lauren Hernandez of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The strike vote on Saturday -- in which "96.7% of food service workers voted in favor -- authorizes union members to walk out and strike at any point." The union "did not say whether a strike was scheduled." MLB Giants officials said that Bon Appétit Management Co., which contracts with the Giants for food service work and employs the workers, and the union are "bargaining for a contract." Several workers said that their wages and health care benefits "are the main concerns." Union reps said that the vote comes after "at least 20 Giants concession workers were infected with the coronavirus since the stadium reopened to the public." They also said that mask and social distancing guidelines "are not being enforced at the stadium."  Workers are "requesting hazard pay of an additional $3 per hour" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/4). In San Jose, Kerry Crowley noted eligibility for food service workers to receive health care benefits is "currently set at ten events per month, but in some months this year, the Giants have not played 10 home games." Workers are asking Bon Appetit to "lower the eligibility threshold to nine events per month" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 9/5). Despite the vote, Oracle Park concession staffers worked the Giants' Labor Day weekend series against the Dodgers (SBJ).

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