Teamsters Threaten to Disrupt Rock Concert

From Times Wire Reports

The Teamsters union pledged Monday to shut down two Rolling Stones concerts this weekend at Pacific Bell Park if the promoter, Clear Channel Communications, does not agree to use union workers.

“We’ve been having trouble with Clear Channel for years,” said William Cromartie, president of Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 85. “They want to bring in kids to work for $6 or $7 an hour and give them a T-shirt.”

About 50 Teamsters picketed Monday outside Pac Bell Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, as tractor-trailers began arriving to deliver equipment for the Friday and Saturday shows.

The concert promoter said the Teamsters have long sought a foothold in local events. “They are using this high-profile show to strong-arm us,” said Sherry Wasserman, a spokeswoman for promoter Bill Graham Presents.