Strike Threat Brews Down at the Ballpark

What would a Phillies game be without a hot dog and a beer?

The 1,500 or so ARAMARK workers at Citizens Bank Park hope you don't have to find out.

The employees who prepare and sell food, drinks and merchandise at the ballpark voted Monday night to reject the company's latest offer. That could mean a strike and workers insist it's not over peanuts.

The sticking points include a dispute over how many employees would be covered by medical benefits and workers want their $11 hourly wage to go up.

ARAMARK allegedly offered an increase of 30 cents an hour.

Union members handed out pamphlets to fans before Tuesday afternoon's game -- explaining their position.

“We don’t want to go on strike but… we’re going to do what we need to do to get the best deal for our people,” said employee Adam Franklin.

Company manager Megan Haney released the following statement on behalf of ARAMARK:

“We are disappointed the union announced that the contract has been rejected. However, we are proud of our offer which contains the highest increases ever provided at Citizens Bank Park and is reflective of the dedication and hard work of our people. We look forward to resuming negotiations and are hopeful that we will reach an agreement soon.”

Fellow UNITE HERE employees across the state at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center -- home of the Penguins -- are also asking more of Aramark.

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