Dodgers to pay gameday workers $1.3 million amid coronavirus shutdown

The Dodgers informed game day workers Tuesday about missing salary due to the coronavirus pandemic that they will collectively receive $ 1.3 million in financial aid payments from the organization.

The report came more than a month after MLB announced that all 30 franchises had committed at least $ 1 million to help game day employees affected by the 2020 season suspension.

In a statement, the Dodgers said the program is intended for “event staff, concessions, parking, cleaning staff employed by outside contractors, and the Dodgers Foundation event staff.”

According to the employee memo, each employee will receive one-time payments of $ 750 or $ 600, depending on the employee’s service time. Payments will be made by April 30th at the latest. The memo did not specify how many people would receive support from the program. It also did not specify whether the plan includes all game day employees employed by outside contractors.

A Dodgers spokesman declined to provide more details. A spokesman for Levy Restaurants, the employer of the Dodgers’ concession employees, did not respond to questions. A spokeswoman for Unite Here Local 11, the union representing concession workers, said she had not received confirmation that the plan extended to its members.

Those who have worked with the Dodgers for at least five years and who worked at least 100 hours at Dodger Stadium in 2019 and who would work at the stadium in 2020 will receive $ 750. Those who have worked at the stadium for less than five years but meeting the other criteria will receive $ 600.

This allowance does not include full-time team members. Most of the other 29 franchises, including the Angels, have pledged to pay their employees through May 31, but the Dodgers, one of the league’s richest franchises, have not yet. A team spokesperson said the organization was still working on a plan for those employees.

Staff writer Bill Shaikin contributed to this report.

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