Santa Clara hits 49ers over workers’ wage issue

The Santa Clara Stadium Authority is hitting the 49ers again this week, this time over wages for workers.

Santa Clara’s City Council, which also serves as the board of the stadium authority, is set to consider a request from the team to purchase a software system that certifies payroll reporting, among other items.

The board says it is more evidence the 49ers have not been complying with workers’ wage laws at Levi’s Stadium. Workers at public projects must be paid a ‘prevailing wage’ as determined by the State’s Department of Industrial Relations.

“We are concerned that the 49ers Management Company is still committing wage theft and the City and State need to stop it,” said Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor.

Santa Clara and the 49ers have been in a bitter feud in recent years. That led the stadium authority board in 2019 to rescind the team’s purchasing authority. The team now has to go through the board to finalize and execute contracts like the compliance software in question.

In its review of the team’s software purchase request, the stadium authority says it found “significant errors and omissions.”

Local labor leaders also called out the team in a press release from the stadium authority.

“The exploitation of workers is especially egregious when committed by wealthy corporations who prioritize profits over people,” said Jean Cohen of the South Bay Labor Council.

49ers owner Jed York made local headlines for donating more than $1.4 million to his preferred city council candidates.