Coliseum workers rally over wages

October 4, 2009 7:11:04 PM PDT
Food workers at the Oakland Coliseum rallied for better pay and health care Sunday following the afternoon A's game.

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The protest was short and wrapped up in about 45 minutes. When ABC7 stopped filming, the protestors stopped protesting. Not many people showed up but they still loudly got their point across

The protestors are people who work at the concession stands at A's games. They say the company they work for, Aramark, wants to freeze their wages for the next three years and limit how much the company contributes for health care. They say yes, they are happy to have a job in this economy, but their wages will not get the bills paid.

"The economy is bad, but the cost of utilities, the cost of food, gas and just overall general living, has gone up. And, for a company to ask us to stay, frozen for three years, that's just unrealistic," said Robert Preston.

ABC7 was not able to reach the company that hired the workers. Phone messages left with Aramark garnered no response either. Several A's fans offered overwhelming support for the workers.

"Everybody deserves a fair wage, a livable wage, in the State of California. And, the way this economy is going now? you've got to live," one fan told ABC7.

"They look out for us, so I want them to get the best, whatever they can get. They work hard here and they serve thousands of people a day," said another fan.

There were only about a dozen union workers at the protest. The union representatives said that was because many of the workers went straight from the A's game to the Golden State Warriors basketball game. Many other workers were also cancelled for Sunday because the attendance for the A's game was low

Workers say negotiations have been going with Aramark since April 2009.

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