SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Legislation is moving forward at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to force large employers in the hospitality industry to retain workers for at least 90 days if the company is sold.
The measure, being pushed by UNITE HERE! Local 2, a union representing hospitality-industry workers in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, is giving thousands of workers peace of mind.
The legislation, advanced by a supervisor’s committee, has been an immediate concern at Centerplate concessions, the food vendor for the Giants at AT&T Park. Workers’ contracts at Centerplate are coming up for renewal.
One union member described working for Centerplate for years, but then having to reapply and interview for her job and even taking a wage cut.
Union member Micheal Casey told the supervisors’ committee that it’s not just a union issue.
“What this does is level the playing field and makes sure that workers and non-union properties; as well as the union properties, all have some level of job security,” he said.
This measure would also protect concessionaires by not firing them outright if the company is sold. The land use committee approved the proposal and sent it on to the full board for a vote.