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Exhausted DNC Concession Workers Deny Union Break Claims

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PHILADELPHIA — Democratic National Convention service workers denied claims Monday that a mandatory union break caused huge lines and angry delegates at concession stands.

New York Times Columnist Jim Rutenberg made the claim that concession stands at the conventions were forced to take a mandatory union break. He adds the break resulted in long lines and upset party delegates. Concession workers countered the claim, noting there was no mandatory union break or ensuing chaos.

“Wells Fargo center concessions literally can’t serve food,” Rutenberg wrote on Twitter. “People waiting in line for an hour. Delegates displeased, to say least.”

Workers at several concession stands around the convention all denied the claim. Big Baby Barbecue, Original Philly Grill, Dietz and Watson and P.J Whelihan’s all told The Daily Caller News Foundations there was no mandatory union break. Some workers hadn’t taken a break all day.

“Are you kidding me,” one worker told TheDCNF. “I’ve been here since 10am without any break.”

Those workers lucky enough to take breaks were staggered in order to keep the convention stands open all day. The convention is a huge political event and companies providing food and other services knew to be prepared for large crowds.

Rutenberg did not respond to a request for comment by TheDCNF.

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