The quest towards bringing another professional sports team to the city of Portland is continuing to chug along. This morning, the Portland Diamond Project announced that they are joining the Oregon AFL-CIO and other related unions. According to the organization’s press release, it is the first of its kind for Oregon area sports venues.
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain explained the significance of this agreement in the quote below:
“By signing this agreement, the Portland Diamond Project has shown us they value and respect the rights of working people and care for the prosperity of the community,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “Oregon’s unions are proud to be a part of the efforts to bring baseball to the Rose City and to be a part of the only unionized sports arena in the state of Oregon. By giving workers the unfettered opportunity for union representation, we are securing a bright economic future for the women and men who will make baseball happen in Portland. When working people stand together in unions, we get a fair return on our hard work.”
The deal includes a variety of potential team employees, including concession workers, hospitality services, the sales team, and security employees.
Founded in 2017, the Portland Diamond Project has been aggressively looking to bring a professional baseball team to Portland. Led by Craig Cheek (former Nike executive) and Mike Barrett (former Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster), the group has brought on some big names, such as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ciara, and big baseball names Darwin Barney, Dale Murphy, and Larry D’Amato.
Current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been open about a new MLB market, either through relocation or expansion teams.