In the wake of the civil unrest in Baltimore, the Orioles had to postpone two games against the White Sox and played a third against them with no fans. Then they moved three games against the Rays to Tampa Bay. While this affected baseball games and fans, it also affected stadium workers, almost all of whom are paid by the hour and who don’t get paid if games aren’t played.
At the time of the postponements, many people wondered about what would happen to hourly workers, many of whom use stadium work as a second job to make ends meet. Our own Bill Baer organized a Gofundme drive as a means of helping out and many in the community voiced concern. Now, however, the Orioles have stepped up :
— Steve Davis (@SteveDavisBmore) May 13, 2015
While many people said the O’s should do this two weeks ago, it wasn’t quite as simple as just writing a check. Most stadium employees are not employed directly by the club but, rather, by third party vendors. There is enough weird labor history and complicated business arrangements between vendors, clubs and stadium authorities to render any decision along these lines potentially problematic.
It’s good to see whatever concerns there were along those lines were dealt with and the folks who suffer for the loss of baseball games far more than Peter Angelos or fans who can afford major league tickets are being looked out for.