MLBPA Throws Support Behind Dodgers Concessions Workers

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The Major League Baseball Players Association has publicly expressed its support for Dodgers Stadium concession workers  who have threatened to strike ahead of the upcoming All-Star Game festivities slated next week.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 99 percent of food and beverage workers at Dodger Stadium voted Sunday to authorize a strike that could begin "at any time," according to a statement from Unite Here spokeswoman Maria Hernandez. 

The All-Star festivities are set to begin Saturday at Dodgers Stadium, with the Futures Game, followed by The Home Run Derby on Monday and the All-Star Game on Tuesday. The workers threatening to strike are employed by Chicago-base Levy Restaurants, which operates concessions at Dodger Stadium. 

The MLBPA this week announced that it "stands in solidarity" with the union, saying, "They deserve to be treated fairly and will continue to have the 1,200 members of the MLBPA behind them."

"Like thousands of ballpark workers across the country, Local 11's members are a vital yet under appreciated part of what makes our game great," the MLBPA wrote. "They deserve to be treated fairly and will continue to have the 1,200 members of the MLBPA behind them." 

According to the Los Angeles NBC affiliate, both sids of the disagreement had resumed talks on Wednesday to end the dispute. 

"Unite Here Local 11 and Compass/Levy at Dodger Stadium have resumed contract discussions in an effort to avert a strike during the All-Star Game,'' the union and the company said in separate but identical statements Wednesday.

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