For immediate release
August 26, 2011
No beer or hot dogs served by union workers at the ballpark if hundreds of concessions workers walk off the job
ANAHEIM–Hundreds of concessions workers authorized a strike this week at Angel Stadium.
Despite Angels’ success, the food service workers, employed by Aramark, have not received a wage raise since 2009. In negotiations the company has proposed what amounts to a wage freeze and healthcare takeaways for the next several years. The vote comes just weeks after janitors, ticket-takers and ushers voted to authorize a strike over similar issues.
The workers’ union contract is expired.
A food service strike would mean no more beer or hot dogs prepared and served by the hundreds of employees who cook food, pour drinks, wash dishes and serve guests in ballpark suites.
"I have served Angel fans for 28 years, and I love cheering on the Angels to victory," said Barbara Rainey, an Aramark worker. "But management must remember that we help create the wonderful ballpark experience that keeps fans coming back, and for our hard work we deserve a fair wage and decent healthcare."