By PAUL LAVERACK
On September 2, 2011, food service workers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA marched in pickets at multiple locations around the stadium, to protest unfair treatment by Aramark, the company which provides concessions for the ballpark. Workers have been without a contract for the past two years, the company is proposing a five-year wage freeze on pay rates that are already at near-poverty levels, and Aramark is making it harder for the workers to qualify for healthcare benefits.
In response, the food service workers – who sell hot dogs, beer, and pizza at the ballpark during baseball games and concerts – have authorized their union to go on strike, if the company doesn’t respond to their demands for fair pay. In addition, the workers have asked for and received a “strike sanction” from the Orange County Federation of Labor, which means if they do go out on strike, all the other major unions in Orange County will support them.
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