Concessions employees vote to strike as sports schedules cost them health insurance

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Concessions employees in San Francisco have voted to strike as volatile baseball and basketball schedules determine whether they have health insurance or not. 

According to union leaders representing 930 employees at San Francisco's Chase Center and Oracle Park, concessions workers at the Chase Center lost health insurance last May when the Lakers' LeBron James won a playoff game, said reporting by journalist Molly Knight. 

The result was seven home games for the Warriors that month — three shy of the 10 needed for concessions employees, who work for a subcontractor hired by the stadiums, to earn health insurance. Had the Warriors won, they would have played at least three more playoff games at home.

Now, nearly 97 percent of employees at Oracle Park voted to strike against the chance they could lose benefits over something they cannot control. They are also looking for hazard pay and stricter mask mandates for game patrons.

"Bon Appétit Management Company and Local 2 are currently engaged in collective bargaining negotiations," a Giants spokesperson told Ms. Knight. "We encourage both sides to work productively to reach an agreement as soon as possible."

The Warriors did not respond to Ms. Knight's request for comment at the time of publication.

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