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Labor unions oppose Major League Soccer stadium plan

Two prominent Sacramento labor groups are opposing a plan to build a new Major League Soccer stadium in the downtown railyard. The groups want Republic FC to allow food-service workers at the stadium to organize.
Two prominent Sacramento labor groups are opposing a plan to build a new Major League Soccer stadium in the downtown railyard. The groups want Republic FC to allow food-service workers at the stadium to organize. Sacramento Republic FC

Two of the Sacramento region’s largest labor organizations said Monday they oppose the plan to build a Major League Soccer stadium in the downtown railyard because Sacramento Republic FC has not committed to allowing stadium food-service workers to organize.

In a letter to the City Council, the Sacramento Central Labor Council and UNITE HERE Local 49 said “it is appalling that (Republic FC) won’t make a simple commitment to respect the rights of their workers.”

A spokeswoman for Republic FC was not immediately available for comment.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday night on an environmental impact report for the railyard development that includes the construction of a new 19,621-seat stadium. The stadium would only be built if Sacramento is awarded an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer.

The $226 million stadium would be privately financed. But a preliminary financing term sheet approved by the council last year credits public agencies with already allocating $46 million in infrastructure improvements in the railyard.

“We believe that public investments the city of Sacramento has made and plans to make must include a commitment from the Sacramento Republic to a community benefit agreement to pay prevailing wages and respect their workers’ right to organize,” the labor leaders wrote in their letter.

The letter to the council said food-service workers at other Major League Soccer stadiums in California are free to organize.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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