More than 750 AT&T Park concession workers began a one-day strike at the San Francisco Giants' ballpark at 4 a.m. PT Saturday, as negotiations between the concession workers' union, Local 2, and the Giants' food and beverage subcontractor, Centerpiece, have hit a standstill.
The strike, which includes picketers on both sides of the ballpark, is expected to last through the Giants' 1:05 p.m. PT game against the Colorado Rockies. The team has brought in replacement workers to serve food at the game, but long lines are expected.
Union members authorized the strike earlier this month, according to NBCBayArea.com.
“This strike should be a wake-up call to Centerplate and the Giants.” Patricia Ramirez, a cook for 13 years, said in the report. “We want a new contract with wage increases, health care, and job security, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
The report also includes an official statement from the Giants:
We are disappointed that Centerplate and Local 2 have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract. We continue to urge both parties to get back to the bargaining table and to have productive discussions so the matter can be resolved as quickly as possible. This dispute is between Centerplate and Local 2, not the Giants.
Mayor Ed Lee has graciously offered to bring the parties together to work toward reaching a resolution for the sake of the employees and the fans. We thank him for his assistance and leadership in this matter. We apologize to our fans for any inconvenience this unfortunate situation may have caused and we remain hopeful that Local 2 and Centerplate can find common ground and move forward.