Concession workers in San Francisco’s AT&T Park voted to authorize a strike even though most have full health care coverage and earn $15 to $20 an hour, perhaps raising another red flag as teams like the Sacramento Kings decide whether to locate in California or elsewhere. In addition to not being a Right-to-Work state, California has a 10.6 percent tax rate (see table below, only Toronto and Portland face higher tax rates).
TV station KTVU and others reported on the vote to authorize the strike.
Business owners often tell elected officials that they look at a State’s Right to Work laws even before their tax rate before decided to locate.
Critics may question how much impact paying a concession worker $22 an hour verses $20 an hour can have on a team when players are making millions of dollars. The San Francisco Giants and other teams do not even directly pay the concession workers.
The risk for a team considering locating or relocating in or out of California could be the added threat that they may suddenly have to deal with angry fans and corporate box owners who have to go through a three hour game without food or drink and are thus unlikely to re-up the next year.
So far the concession workers have not actually stopped working, only voted to authorize a strike, so owners will watch to see how it plays out.
|NBA Teams/cities||State Tax||Right to Work?|
|Portland Trail Blazers||11.00%||No|
|Golden State Warriors||10.60%||No|
|New York Knicks||9.00%||No|
|Seattle (bid for Kings)||0.00%||No|
|New Orleans Hornets||6.00%||Yes|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||5.50%||Yes|
|San Antonio Spurs||0.00%||Yes|