Striking Out - Page 5

Stadium concession workers — without a contract since 2010, denied tip jars, some paid less than minimum wage — aren't sharing in the San Francisco Giants' success and rising prices

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The workers who sell beers and hawk sodas at Giants games want a new contract.
ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN HERSEY

"You know, we usually give keys to individual dignitaries who have accomplished great things, whether it was the president of Ireland, or Tony Bennett, or even a Matt Cain on his wonderful perfect game in San Francisco," Lee said during last year's celebration. "We normally celebrate those individual accomplishments, but today, we're gonna break with that tradition and present this key to the entire team and coaching staff, everybody involved in the Giants, the investors, their front office. Congratulations to a team that doesn't know how to quit, never gives up, and defied the odds at every opportunity."

Then the city spent nearly a reported quarter-million-dollars to throw its team a massive victory parade and San Franciscans went wild in celebrating the Giants, once again, as the concession workers waited to feel like part of the team.

Could Lee or other City Hall figures help solve the standoff? Other mayors have successfully intervened in situations like this before. In 2004, then-Mayor Newsom sided with the 4,300 picketing hotel workers after the hotels refused his request to end a lockout.

Less than a year before that, Newsom ran for mayor as a "business friendly centrist" who raised millions of dollars from the hotel industry and other downtown business interests. But when he saw that hotel management wasn't being reasonable, he used the power of his office to help broker an agreement.

It would seem Lee could do the same thing if he wanted, particularly given that the Giants are currently asking the city for land and support to help grow its business.

STADIUM SPRAWL

The Giants organization is currently working on a $1.6 billion, 27-acre development project at Pier 48, located on the opposite side of Mission Creek from AT&T Park. The gargantuan project will include 1,000 housing units, 125,000 square feet of retail, 1.7 million square feet of office space, 2,690 garage parking spaces, and more than eight acres of public space. The project is on public land and will be subject to numerous approval processes, by both the city and the Port of San Francisco. Pier 48 and Seawall Lot 337 are some of the last valuable, easily developable sections of waterfront in San Francisco, so one might say the team is asking a lot from the community. And of course, Mayor Lee offered unqualified, enthusiastic support for the project, telling the Chronicle, "Among my highest priorities is to make sure our homegrown companies can stay, grow, and hire right here in San Francisco, driving job growth, improving our neighborhoods, and in this case our world-class waterfront." But Lee, Centerplate, and the Giants seem to think that just creating jobs is enough, regardless of pay, benefits, and job security. "The success of a Major League Baseball club is measured by more than game-winning rallies and pennant drives. Beyond the box scores, a ballclub has a unique opportunity to create partnerships to improve the quality of life in its community," the Giants proclaim on its community page. But for Giants workers, such sentiments have done little to improve their quality of life.

Comments

They are not in a strong negotiating position because, duh, anyone could do their job.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 4:46 am

Anyone, huh ? I bet "dollars to doughnuts" most people with your (ignorant) opinion are all talk, no action.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 4:59 am

(And I was one during college, so I know the answer - not much).

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 5:41 am

They giants hired replacement workers for the game the workers went strike on and the giants themselves admitted that service was of significantly less quality.
Turns out this job is a lot harder than what meets the eye.

But thanks for commenting on my story and feel free to let me know any other thoughts/ideas/comments/musings/etc.. you have!

Posted by George on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 8:49 am

dogs is "a lot harder than we think"?

And, before you answer, bear in mind that I have sold hot dogs, and it is piss easy.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:03 am

Have you sold hot dogs to a 1000+ people in the span of 2-3 hours in a speedy manner.

Posted by George on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:20 am
Yes

Did you have another question?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:45 am

If you don't like the pay, don't take the job.

"Progressive" whining about other people's problems helps nobody

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 7:31 am

and make a better future for themselves. The last thing we need is the European idea of a nanny state micromanaging everything.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 7:49 am

free education and healthcare. A government not on bended knee to its corporate "citizens." I guess cuz they only have soccer as national sports this idiot can't relate to real progress

Posted by Guest Yeah, Europe sucks - 6 weeks paid vacation on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 7:58 am

everyone "free" healthcare and education?

Hint. More than you earn in a year.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 8:09 am

Compared to our current terrible private insurance system, not much. Single payer universal health care like they have in Canada is actually far less expensive than America's private insurance scheme.

Posted by Get Educated on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:08 am

people won't cost much?

And they are probably the least healthy people in the US!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:42 am

There is already free education for all K-12 graders. Go to an emergency room when you need care and you will not be turned away - whether you can pay or not.

Posted by Richmondman on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:37 am

That is, non emergencies.

So you have t wait a year or two until you are dying and then the ER will see you. Maybe.

Free healthcare and college education would require 60% tax rates on the middle classes - not gonna happen.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 26, 2013 @ 8:48 am

free education and healthcare and governments not afraid to stand up to its corporate "citizens." I guess because soccer is the national sport, this idiot can't relate to them... micromanaging everything my left nut

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 7:59 am
Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 8:08 am

People who have adequate vacation time are more productive when at work.
People who are on vacation spend more money than people who are at the office.

It's really not that hard to figure out.

Posted by Get Educated on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:09 am

20 weeks vacation a year.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:43 am

They get plenty of vacation time in Greece - more than any other country in Europe. They also have 26% unemployment.

BTW - these part-time workers work 81 days per year, for 4 hours per day. Less than 20% of a full-time equivelent. NO ONE expects to live on this job. It is either a supplement to their regular gigs, or they are baseball fans who like to go to the ballpark and get paid. I know many workers there. They are nice people, but that is the way it is.

Posted by Richmondman on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 9:46 am

workers because employers are exempt for any worker doing less than 30 hours. So guess what will happen?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 24, 2013 @ 10:10 am

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