Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Take me out to the ball game ...

It's home Opening Day for the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the end of the off-season for local fans.

It's also the beginning of the season for the workers at the food sales concessions at AT&T Park. Their employer is the Centerplate corporation.

These workers have had a busy off-season, visiting community groups and churches to explain their case:

Since 2010, the Giants have won two World Series Championships
  • Team Value up 40%
  • Attendance of 10 Million fans
  • Ticket Prices up 20%
  • Beer Prices up to $10.25
Wages for Centerplate concession workers up 0%

There's something easy fans can do to let Centerplate know their workers should get a raise:
No glass bottles or alcoholic beverages; no hard sided coolers -- but otherwise, the Giants allow you to bring your own food.


Hattie said...

Californians take cheap labor for granted. It's always been the foundation of the state's prosperity.
How can this change?

janinsanfran said...

@Hattie -- in this case, the path is clear. Concessionaires should negotiate with the union (Hotel and Restaurant Workers Local 2) that works with these workers. These are long term, citizen employees.

Locally, we're doing better by our low wage workers -- city sponsored health program (using restauranteurs tax dollars), reducing random deportations, etc. The great draw for unskilled labor remains the agricultural sector. That's a hard case.

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