In the October 1 issue of the MSR, we published a story on conditions for temporary workers at the Twins stadium (“Twins ballpark temps rally for better pay and working conditions”). A recent meeting between Target Field temp workers, Minnesota Twins and Delaware North Corporation (DNC) representatives, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) and the local NAACP resulted in “noncommittal” responses, according to NOC officials.
The groups met October 5 at the Twins downtown stadium after temp workers protested over working conditions at Twins games, including a petition signed by over 100 workers asking for several changes including better scheduling, payment by check rather than debit cards and workers standing in lines unpaid.
The workers claim that both the Twins and DNC “refuse responsibility” for the problem, according to a NOC press release. “One has to wonder if Delaware North or the Twins themselves are in fact incentivizing a cheap pool of unprotected workers,” said NOC Field Director Mike Griffin.
DNC Corporate Communications Spokesman Glen White, however, in a printed statement told the MSR, “We invite any temporary worker to apply for a position at Minnesota Sportservice,” adding that they are not a temporary employees’ employer. “Though not the employer of the temporary employees, Minnesota Sportservice is willing to facilitate a direct meeting between NOC and the temporary agencies,” concluded White.
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