MINNEAPOLIS - At Sunday’s Twins game, it wasn't just the Angels players that were visiting.
The company that runs the concessions at Target Field confirms they’ve had to bring about 150 workers from other states to fill staffing shortfalls over the past few days.
"We've had to reach out to properties in Milwaukee and Green Bay,” said Pete Spike, general manager at Delaware North Sports Service which runs concessions at Target Field.
Spike tells KARE 11 they bused in about 80 Delaware North employees from Wisconsin to help for Sunday’s game. They got help from roughly 65 Chicago workers for the Friday and Saturday home games.
"We put them up in a hotel, provided transportation, they're paid for their travel pay, as well as while they're here in the ball park,” Spike said.
He didn’t know specifically how much extra that’s costing Delaware North, but estimated transportation costs are anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 for the bus trip.
So why not just pick from the pool of people looking for work in the Twin Cities? He said they're having trouble finding workers to fill part-time positions.
"We're seeing we don't have the supply that we don't have in the past,” he said. They’re looking for at least a 100 positions including prep cooks, retail cashiers and dishwashers to name a few.
"It's disappointing,” said Sondra Jones.
Jones stood in long lines last year with other temporary workers. She said there are plenty of people willing to work.
"It's disrespectful to the unemployed in Minnesota and Minneapolis,” she said.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change or NOC were also critical. The group wanted to know why Delaware North was outsourcing jobs when the unemployment rate among African-Americans in Minnesota is so high.
"The notion they have to go to Chicago, Green Bay or Milwaukee when there are people who are on West Broadway is absolutely outrageous,” said Mike Griffin with NOC.
Spike said they’ve tried finding workers by holding job fairs and will hold more.
"I say to them, come on down. We have a job fair on the 21st of this month at the 7th Street entrance and another on the 28th of this month,” he said.
"Ninety percent of the people who apply get a job," he said. That’s something NOC hopes holds true for people they serve.
“I look at this as an opportunity,” said Griffin.
The job fairs at Target Field are Thursday, April 21st and Thursday, April 28th from 2 to 7 p.m. Enter the ballpark on 7th Street, just past the team store, according to Delaware North. The entrance is on the south side of building at the intersection of 7th Street & Twins Way, near the west end of Parking Ramp A.
Delaware North said non-profit organizations trying to raise money can also apply for positions available.