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Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty

May 13, 2014

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Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work. 

The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's. The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal. 

Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union: 

McDermott: "These workers have no guarantees that under a new concessions company they would get to keep their jobs." 

Her group is asking the National Park Service to require any new contractors to retain existing workers. The union represents about 1,500 Yosemite concessions employees.