Union, Pond Management at Impasse

Concession, kitchen and warehouse workers at The Pond in Anaheim are threatening to strike after reaching an impasse in their contract negotiations with the arena's management company, union officials said Tuesday.

More than 100 members of Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 681, met over the weekend and voted to reject an offer from Ogden Entertainment, a division of New York-based Ogden Corp. The contract would make the workers "the lowest paid in the state" compared to what employees are paid at similar venues, Union President Mary Ann Mahoney said.

Mahoney contends that arena employees also are paid far less than their counterparts at Edison International Field, who also work for Ogden.

Jim Rozes, regional manager for Ogden Entertainment, would not discuss the contract negotiations except to say Ogden "feels that we have made a fair and equitable offer to the union."

Rozes also would not comment on the possibility of a strike or how it would affect operations at The Pond, which will be holding several major concerts this summer, including one on Thursday by multiple Grammy-winner Lauryn Hill.

No new talks between the two parties are scheduled.

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