Footage Shows New York Yankees Crossing Hotel Strike Picket Line

It is always disheartening to see someone cross a picket line but even more so when it is union members, like the New York Yankees.

Boston Magazine reports:

“As Boston hotel cleaners, cooks, servers, and other employees chanted and marched their way through day two of their historic strike on Thursday, they spotted some infamous guests walking through their picket line at the Ritz-Carlton: The New York Yankees.

Workers at seven of the city’s Marriott-run hotels who are calling for more stable schedules, a living wage, and more on-the-j0b protections, have been on strike since Wednesday morning. They spent Thursday appearing outside the entrances to the hotels chanting ‘Don’t check in! Check out!’ and urging potential guests to stay elsewhere until the hotel company meets their demands.

But that message, it seems, was lost on the Yankees. Video obtained by Boston shows several players, including outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher Dellin Betances, rolling their suitcases past the protest as workers paced, waved signs, and played the drums on overturned buckets.

Unite Here Local 26, which represents the hundreds of striking workers, is not happy about it, and they’re urging other teams who come to town to steer clear of Marriott properties.

‘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,’ Unite Here Local 26 President Brian Lang says in a phone interview. ‘This is a slap in the face to all Bostonians.'”

For the rest of the story, visit Boston Magazine here.

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