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Yankees Cross the Picket Line

What do you expect from the team whose fans are bankers and lawyers?

Kris LaGrange's picture
Oct 05, 2018

Hey Yankee fans, in a way I’m just kidding. Many trade unionists in the tri-state region are proud to call themselves pinstripe fans. Remember, UCOMM is a company that is loyal to the orange and blue, so we would be remiss not to take a dig at the Yankee organization. However, the Yankees did cross the picket line and they could have easily avoided this negative press. After reading the story below all you Yankee fans have a job to do. Click here and contact the organization you are loyal to 

  1. Ask them to apologize.
     
  2. Ask them to respect union labor.
     
  3. Ask them to never do something this stupid again.

The NY Mets aren’t perfect and Wilpon needs to go but even the Metropolitans wouldn’t do something so stupid. -Kris LaGrange

On Thursday, the Evil Empire broke one of the cardinal rules. As hotel workers in Boston walked the picket line, fighting for the ability to make enough money to work just one job, the pampered players ignored the chants of the striking workers and crossed the picket line.

Hotel workers in Boston have been on strike since Wednesday as Boston deals with their first hotel strike in the city’s long history. The Yankees were in town to play game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. The scene, captured in the video below and published by Boston Magazine, showed outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher Dellin Betances crossing the picket line to enter the Boston Ritz-Carlton. Everyone knows that you never cross a picket line, but what makes this worse is that both players are union members!

"This is a slap in the face to all Bostonians," said Brian Lang, the President of UNITE HERE Local 26.

The striking workers also got support from NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento who said in a press release:

As a lifelong Yankee fan and a proud New Yorker, I am disgusted the management of a team representing the strongest union town in America would choose a hotel where workers are on strike. Make no mistake, despite the Yankee organization’s callous decision to cross a picket line, New York’s labor movement stands in solidarity with the strikers and supports all working men and women across the country fighting for fairness and dignity at their jobs.

According to the NY Daily News, a source close to the team said they made the reservations before the workers went on strike. “They kind of had no choice but to do it,” the source said. “Where are they going to find 90 rooms in a hotel? It’s not possible.” Of course, this doesn’t hold up since the Yankees only found out they were playing the Red Sox on Wednesday night when the hotel workers had already gone on strike. The Yankees have not yet made an official statement. The union has also provided a list of over a dozen properties in Boston that are not currently part of the strike.

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