On May 28th, hundreds of concession workers at the Meadowlands arena in New Jersey (home of the Jets and Giants) rallied against Delaware North Companies (DNC) there. Many of the people protesting on Thursday have worked at the arena for years and feel part of the family. Peggy Trigo, a 17-year worker at the arena, said, "we were excited when we heard a new stadium was going to be made, all the members had enthusiasm, and then we realized our jobs are in jeopardy." DNC has been chosen as the concession company at the new Arena set to open next season, and has not committed to hire the workers or honor the union contract of the Local 100 members at the Meadowlands. "These are our jobs, they belong to us, and we intend to keep them," said Barbara Koshal.
The next day, Local 11 members at the Ontario CA airport held a picket line there to protest DNC’s refusal to pay them the LA City legal Living Wage, an ordinance that was approved by the City Council in 1997 and applies to contractors doing business with the City of Los Angeles. DNC is being ordered by the City of LA to comply with the law, and to produce all payroll records since 2001, so the city can ensure proper back pay. The wage scales for Delaware North workers at the Ontario Airport are lower than the city’s Living Wage rate. UNITE HERE Local 11, the Union that represents the workers, estimates at least one hundred concession workers could be owed up to five years of unpaid wages. "I get paid $8.84 an hour as a prep cook. I can’t afford the cost of the health insurance offered by the company. I had to travel to Mexico for heart surgery because I didn’t have health insurance. We ask to be paid the wages that are owed to us so we don’t have to choose between paying for rent or paying for our health care," said Maria Estrada a Prep Cook at Applebee’s, who has worked at Delaware North for 3 years.