With a hot new pitcher on the mound and a freshly-approved contract in hand, members of UNITE HERE Local 25 are enthusiastically cheering on the Nationals. Workers at the Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC, overwhelmingly approved a new contract agreement on June 21.
"It’s a great contract," said UNITE HERE Local 25 Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Boardman. "Money was not the issue," said Boardman, noting that the Nationals readily agreed to wage, benefit and pension improvements. "The major issue was subcontracting," Boardman said. "We had three tough months of negotiations, a great negotiating committee and a membership that was well aware of what was at stake. In the end, we not only preserved more than 500 existing union jobs at the stadium, but as the Nationals build out more facilities in the future, they’ve agreed that workers at existing vendors will be covered and a card-check neutrality agreement will cover those at new vendors. We couldn’t be more pleased." Local 25 members work at the concession stands throughout the Nationals ballpark in Washington, DC.
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