What a game against Chicago!
Anyway, if you guys aren't aware, there's currently a strike for ACC, Real Sports, and Eleven workers. ACC is running on limited staff using a 3rd party company, while Real Sports and Eleven have been closed indefinitely since Thursday night.
This includes wait staff, bartenders, concession workers, house keeping, and the change-over crew (that change the ice-to-court).
We're day 3 into our strike. If you want to know more about what they offered us, what the strike is about, read this thread I posted a couple days ago in /r/toronto , which funnily enough has the aptly named title begging the question why our strike was receiving little media attention. 3 days later, and many phone calls and emails placed, we've figured it out--they're trying to shut us out and keep us quiet.
As I mentioned in that thread, the ACC and Real Sports are premium venues in North America, let alone the City of Toronto. MLSE does a good job at making sure the employees they hire are eager, outgoing, friendly, and technically well skilled at their job, so kudos to the hiring department on that front. Of course, rightfully so. Running both premium venues and the events in the Square, requires the best of the best in the industry. I'm sure I don't need to tell you, but it takes a lot of man power, expertise, and positive vibes to operate Maple Leaf Square day in, day out. The workers behind the scenes are the backbone of those moments you cherish--those cheers and thrills whenever a goal is scored, or a last-second basket is made, and the fog horn sounds with a standing ovation.
We all love working for MLSE. We want to get back to work and provide the excellent service and experience to you inside the ACC and Real Sports. The ticket price for the Leafs is the highest in the league, and MLSE is one of the largest sports franchises in the world. We're baffled as to why our wages would even be considered rolled back. The MLSE brand is a premium brand, and we simply ask we get paid accordingly.
Unfortunately, the offer MLSE gave us was simply overwhelming disrespectful, and they gave us no moral option but to strike.
How overwhelmingly disrespectful?
82% of the vote was in favor to strike, and that doesn't include the people that simply could not attend the meeting. If one could not be present, that vote automatically counts toward NO STRIKE. Which means that 82% of wanting to strike, would have likely been higher. This illustrates just how absolutely unacceptable the new collective bargaining agreement they offered us was. The real percentage could have been 87%, 93%, or just shy of 100%; who knows.
We love our fans, we love our job, we love the Leafs and Raptors, WE LOVE BEING THERE EVERYDAY. We want to get back, but we also need help.
If you'd like to help--we, the team at the ACC, Real Sports and Eleven, would appreciate it.
If, for some reason, you don't support the cause, that's fair. We get the odd person or comment that is rather negative and such. We're not trying to twist anyone's arm.
But if you WOULD like to help, you can do the following:
Tweet: @RealSports, @MapleLeafs, @Raptors, @AirCanadaCentre using the hashtag #BringTheBleedBlueCrewBack (sorry for the extra long hashtag).
Facebook: Real Sports , Leafs , Raptors , Air Canada Center , and kind leave a polite message to bring us back to work, possibly using the aforementioned hashtag.
That's it I suppose. Thank you kindly for reading.
GO LEAFS, and GO RAPTORS!
EDIT fixed 93%