Dodgers Stadium Tour Guides Vote to Unionize


Because the Dodgers’ first yr with Shohei Ohtani brings a brand new wave of followers to Vin Scully Ave., tour guides on the almost 62-year-old stadium have voted to unionize. 

Throughout a Nationwide Labor Relations Board election on Tuesday afternoon, 18 tour guides voted “sure” to unionize and 12 voted in opposition to. Consequently, pending NLRB certification of the election outcomes, a gaggle of almost 40 tour guides, tour leads and one plant knowledge collector (a.okay.a. the information of the stadium’s “backyard tour”) will be a part of IATSE B-192, a rising Native that represents fellow tour guides at Universal Studios Hollywood and ushers on the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. For the reason that Dodgers Stadium group went public with their unionization drive, extra tour guides have been employed and can in the end be included within the union, in accordance IATSE B-192.

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to the Dodgers for remark.

Liable for main the big selection of excursions that the stadium now gives — from fundamental stadium excursions to pregame excursions to Jackie Robinson and “Fernandomania” (dedicated to Fernando Valenzuela) excursions, with choices in English, Spanish and Japanese — the tour guides work year-round, usually as part-timers.

The emblem for the Dodgers’ union.

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Safety considerations had been a high motivator for the group, says IATSE Native B-192 secretary/treasurer Cat Hutchinson, who has led Dodgers Stadium excursions for 10 years. There aren’t any safety screenings for tour teams aside from these taking pre-game excursions, in line with Hutchinson. And whereas this example has involved tour guides for a while, a latest inflow of patrons has exacerbated fears. Ever for the reason that Dodgers’ $700 million, 10-year deal — the largest in North American professional sports activities historical past — was introduced with star two-way participant Ohtani, a median fundamental stadium tour within the spring has hovered round 40 to 60 folks, says Hutchinson, whereas tour guides are accountable for offering each a optimistic visitor expertise and ensuring that the teams maintain away from gamers and contributors don’t get lost into the stadium and current safety dangers.

“We did have a visitor really disguise within the stadium, [they] ran off from a tour and it was safety challenge,” says Hutchinson. (After that incident, the group informed a supervisor they felt unsafe and the supervisor prompt that the tour guides may themselves implement a clear-bag coverage, which the group didn’t imagine was their job, per Hutchinson.)

The group can be searching for raises: Presently, tour guides receives a commission L.A. Metropolis minimal wage, or $16.78 an hour, whereas tour leads are paid $18 an hour. Different unionized staffers on the stadium have larger minimal charges, says Hutchinson. Main hospitality union UNITE HERE Native 11, as an illustration, represents concessions staff. In its 2022 contract negotiation, that union mixed minimal assured hourly suggestions with wages in order that concessions stand staff may make $30.94 an hour.

“After I first began, I knew stepping into it was a minimal wage job, but it surely was form of like, okay, cool, I’ll work for the canine one or two days per week and for the perks,” Hutchinson says. “The tradition has undoubtedly modified over the previous couple of years. It’s undoubtedly a mixture of older and youthful guides, however I feel now a whole lot of our youthful guides are like, ‘This has been a supply of my revenue and I’m making an attempt to outlive and work different jobs as nicely as well as.’ ”

In a union contract, the group is hoping to spice up wages, deal with safety considerations, institute insurance policies on last-minute shift cancellations and supply premium pay to tour guides who work on foreign-language excursions. (The variety of Japanese-language excursions has ballooned for the reason that Ohtani announcement, per Hutchinson.)

“The demand is unbelievable,” Hutchinson says of the excursions. It’s a phenomenon that doesn’t appear prone to finish quickly: With the Dodgers’ home season lower than per week outdated, already the workforce is main Main League Baseball in general attendance. “And I feel we’re allowed to have some dignity with our pay and our rights and being heard.”


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