Going Back To Cali
This week is baseball’s All-Star break and we will be treated to the Home Run Derby tonight followed by the actual All-Star game tomorrow. The events will be held at the Los Angeles Dodgers stadium in California. I’m glad they got rid of that stupid rule that declared the winning league of the All-Star game receives home-field advantage in the World Series, so now this week’s events genuinely have no meaning whatsoever. And that’s starting to trickle down into the field of All-Stars.
Over a dozen All-Stars that were voted in to start the game have declined the invitation and will miss out on the festivities. It’s reached the point where MLB had to get creative and decided to include future Hall of Famers Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera as injury replacements to at least get the nostalgia factor working for fans. The jury is still out on whether this makes for an interesting All-Star game, but the one question that remains is whether concessions will be available for tonight and tomorrow’s events.
For the past week, rumors have been swirling that the Dodgers concession staff was planning to strike during the All-Star game. The concessions stands are operated by Compass Group and its subsidiary, Levy Restaurants. The company employs about 1,500 people at the stadium, including food servers, bartenders, cooks, dishwashers, and suite attendants, their union has said. The staff has authorized their union to strike to obtain higher pay, free parking, and better benefits, but it seems that Compass Group has been undermining them by working with temp agencies instead.
Over the weekend, the union stated that they had no intention of going on strike for the All-Star events, which is exactly what I would say if I was planning on going on strike for the All-Star events. So at this point, it becomes a waiting game to see if they go through with their original intentions. I’m all in favor of people receiving what they are owed, especially if they are in a union, and the Dodgers and Compass Group can afford it.
We shall see.
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