Angels Commit To Paying Ballpark Employees Who Don't Have Work
The Angels will pay more than $1.2M in "financial support to the Angel Stadium game-day workers who now have no games to work," according to Shaikin & Torres of the L.A. TIMES. The club yesterday said that it "would provide a one-time cash grant to more than 1,800 workers, regardless of whether they are employed by the Angels or a third party." The eligible workers include "ticket takers, ushers, janitors, security and concession staff." Meanwhile, the Dodgers have "not announced how they would provide the financial assistance they pledged." Three game-day workers said that the club has "yet to provide specific information about financial assistance" (L.A. TIMES, 4/20).
JOINING THE EFFORT: In Philadelphia, Matt Breen noted the Phillies organization on Friday committed to "paying their full-time employees through at least the end of May." Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton emailed the club's employees to inform them that the ownership group has "agreed to not reduce salaries or benefits through May of 2020." This decision makes the Phillies the "second major-league club to guarantee pay through May." The Braves also "made the same commitment last week," as they pledged $1M "to part-time employees, many of whom received stipends on Friday" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/18).
CHIPPING IN: Monumental Sports & Entertainment Founder, Chair & CEO Ted Leonsis said that he is "committed to paying his 1,500 part-time employees through April." Leonsis estimated that the payments totaled $1.2M and said, "I felt that it was the right thing to do, to pay our part-time employees that signed up to work in March and April. ... When they come back, they'll sign up to staff the new games and we'll pay them there." Leonsis said that MSE "has not had layoffs or furloughs for any of its 600 full-time employees." He added, "We have probably been hurt the most, if you will, because we own many teams and we own the building. Remember there's many teams that play in a building that is owned by the state" (ESPN.com, 4/17).