SAN FRANCISCO
05/12/2013 03:37 pm ET Updated May 13, 2013

AT&T Park Strike: Concession Workers' Union Votes To Authorize Strike

AP

Concession workers at San Francisco's AT&T Park voted to authorize a strike on Saturday night, according to a union press release.

Negotiations between the concession workers' union, UNITE HERE Local 2, and the Giants' concession management firm, Centerplate, have been at a standstill since Centerplate proposed healthcare changes and a three-year wage freeze. Workers, on the other hand, are seeking wage increases, job security and improved healthcare.

516 workers voted on the strike at Saturday's meeting, approving it by 97 percent.

"We sent a clear message today to Centerplate and the Giants," said Billie Feliciano, who has been a concession worker for the Giants since 1978, at the meeting. "97 percent gives us the power and authority we need to win a fair contract."

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, workers will not strike immediately, but rather will wait to see how Centerplate responds to the vote.

"Job security is really important to me and my family," said concession worker Anthony Wendlberger at the meeting. "I really do love my job, but this vote was a landslide. With this vote, I feel confident that we are going to win this contract."

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