(AP)In a big labor battle that has been developing out in San Francisco, concession workers at AT&T Park voted nearly unanimously — 97 percent — on Saturday to give their union the authority to call for a strike.
The stadium workers requested the authorization vote on Friday after expressing continued dissatisfaction over the lack of progress in their negotiations for a new contract with Centerplate INC., which is the firm that operates the concessions for the Giants and AT&T Park.
The workers voted 500 to 16 before and after Saturday's home game against the Atlanta Braves to give UNITE HERE Local 2 representatives the bargaining tool, said Nischit Hegde, a spokeswoman for the union.
Workers will not immediately strike, but instead wait to see how South Carolina concession management firm Centerplate responds to the vote, Hegde said.
"People are very serious about what they need and they want to be taken seriously, and I think a 97 percent authorization vote displays how serious they are," Hegde said.
Around 750 stadium workers — including cashiers, cooks and suite attendants — are represented by the union. Each and every one of them has been working without a contract for three years.Read More »from AT&T Park concession workers authorize strike with near unanimous vote