St. Paul, Minn.— Yesterday media reported that Target Field concession vendor Delaware North Sportservice had been busing in 150 workers to work for Twins games from Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Chicago as well as providing temporary accommodations. Equity Subcommittee Co-Chairs Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Sen. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) have been working with community organizers and leaders to address this new revelation and have released statements calling for this practice to end.
Deputy Majority Leader and Equity Subcommittee Co-Chair Sen. Jeff Hayden:
“When a publicly subsidized stadium and large employer is sitting in the backyard of one of the most economically depressed parts of the state and at the main intersection of our transit-ways, it is hard to understand why workers would be in short demand. At a time where Black unemployment in Minnesota is at 13.6%, Target Field managed to add insult to injury by busing in out-of-state workers from Illinois and Wisconsin to fill jobs that could be filled by local and ready workers from North and surrounding neighborhoods. I call on Delaware North Sportservice and Target Field to resolve this injustice by improving community outreach, working with community advocates, and hiring local workers,” Hayden said.
Equity Subcommittee Co-Chair Sen. Bobby Joe Champion:
“To be frank, Delaware North’s strategy to fill these empty positions is ridiculous. With the costs of busing in workers from out of state and housing them in hotels, it’s clear the company has the money to pay Minnesotans a living wage to provide for their families. Why not make the job more attractive to the public, who has subsidized the very stadium in need of employees? Furthermore, what kind of outreach was carried out by the staffing agency hired by Delaware North? When you have disproportionate unemployment numbers in a stadium’s own backyard, how are these jobs left unfilled? When a supply of people wanting to work clearly exceeds demand of positions of employment, something doesn’t add up. If I could find 100 people in my district willing to work for a living wage, why can’t Delaware North?” Champion asked.