Giants Ballpark Workers May Go On Strike

No raise, contract for concession workers in three years.

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    Scott Gordon, NBCDFW.com
    Garlic fries at AT&T Park will have to serve themselves if the concession workers go on strike.

    Strike one -- and all the fans at AT&T Park will be out. Of garlic fries, popcorn, and beer.

    Concession workers at the San Francisco Giants' home ballpark will vote soon whether to go on strike, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Because unlike the ballclub, which has won two titles in the last three years, and unlike the likes of Matt Cain and Buster Posey, who signed record-breaking contracts, the union concession workers haven't had a new contract or a raise since the beginning of the 2010 season.

    There are about 750 cashiers, cooks, and other food workers at the ballpark who are employees of Centerplate, Inc., a South Carolina firm that employees concession workers at other ballparks across the country. 

    Negotiations with Centerplate and the union, UNITE Here Local 2, have broken down, according to the newspaper. They may resume next week, but in the meantime, the workers could authorize a strike as soon as Saturday, the newspaper reported.

    If they do strike, fans will still have a ball -- buying hot dogs from "management and other employees," the newspaper reported.

    A spokesman for Centerplate noted that AT&T's workers make between $15 and $20 an hour plus health care -- "among the best paid in the industry."