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The American League Division Series hasn’t started yet, but the Yankees are already getting slammed grandly by union leaders for crossing a picket line in Boston.
On Thursday, several New York players were spotted crossing a picket line of hotel workers including cooks, maids, and bartenders outside of the Boston Ritz-Carlton.
Workers at seven of the city’s Marriott-run hotels have been on strike since Wednesday morning and are demanding better working conditions, more stable hours, employment stability under the slogan is “One Job Should Be Enough.”
Spotted walking through the Boston hotel workers' picket line today: The New York Yankees (videos via a source) pic.twitter.com/ACDEBADxi3
— Spencer Buell (@SpencerBuell) October 4, 2018
The group of Yankees included outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher Dellin Betances.
The union which represents the striking workers, Unite Here Local 26, did not take kindly to the Yanks’ indifference to the situation.
“We understand that there’s a very intense rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, but quite frankly we’re a little outraged they would take it out on working class people who are out here sacrificing to improve their livelihoods,” union president Brian Lang said. “This is a slap in the face to all Bostonians.”
In contrast to the Yankees, the MLB Players Association released a statement in favor of the striking workers:
“From what we understand, these workers have been trying to negotiate a fair contract for more than six months,” the MLBPA said. “They deserve to be heard and deserve our support.”Read the full story at Boston Magazine