Dodgers to pay gameday workers $1.3 million amid coronavirus shutdown

Staff workers get the field ready before an opening day game at Dodger Stadium.
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The Dodgers on Tuesday informed gameday workers missing paychecks because of the coronavirus pandemic that they will collectively receive $1.3 million in financial assistance payments from the organization.

The notification came over a month after MLB announced all 30 franchises had pledged at least $1 million to help gameday workers affected by the 2020 season’s suspension.

In a statement, the Dodgers said the program is for “event staff, concessions, parking, cleaning personnel employed by third-party contractors, and the Dodgers Foundation event staff.”


According to the memo to workers, each employee will receive one-time payments of $750 or $600, depending on the worker’s service time. The payments will be issued by April 30. The memo did not include how many people will receive aid from the program. It also did not specify if the plan will include all gameday workers employed by third-party contractors.

The Angels tell baseball operations employees, including manager Joe Maddon and GM Billy Eppler, they’ll be paid in full through the end of May.

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A Dodgers spokesman declined to offer more specifics. A spokesman for Levy Restaurants, the Dodgers’ concession workers’ employer, did not respond to questions. A spokeswoman for Unite Here Local 11, the union that represents concession workers, said she had not received confirmation that the plan extended to its members.

Those employed by the Dodgers for at least five years who worked at least 100 hours at Dodger Stadium in 2019 and were scheduled to work at the ballpark in 2020 will receive $750. Those who have worked at the stadium for fewer than five years but hit the other criteria will receive $600.

This compensation does not include full-time team employees. Most of the other 29 franchises, including the Angels, have pledged to pay their employees through May 31, but the Dodgers, one of the league’s richest franchises, have not yet. A team spokesman said the organization was still “working on” a plan for those employees.

Staff writer Bill Shaikin contributed to this report.