Day 4 Report: American Airlines Shareholder Meeting in New York City

The final day of the Fed Up Tour did not disappoint, as our road-hardy crew was up bright and early to make their presence known outside of American Airlines’ Annual Shareholder Meeting in Midtown Manhattan!

As the morning’s rain showers tapered away, the 13 caravaners rallied outside the Lipstick Building with a great group of supporters from UNITE HERE Local 100, the Hotel Trades Council, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, African Communities Together‘s Amaha Kassa. The American Airlines Retirees Committee was also out front, continuing their call for the airline to protect their retirement benefits.

[We] say to the shareholders of American Airlines: you are enjoying record profits and all that we are asking is for respect and dignity for workers who made this airline profitable. —NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

As their fellow workers Bharat and Dharon did at United Airlines’ meeting, Charlotte’s Bobby Kirkpatrick and Miami’s Yamilet Vigueras attended the meeting, where they were able to ask questions of AA’s board of directors… and also speak for a bit one-on-one with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker.

Outside the meeting, the rally continued with every bit of the same spirit that has accompanied the tour all the way from Charlotte.

Meanwhile, in other cities across the country, even more airline food workers were doing their best to amplify the message that we’re all Fed Up with poverty wages!

From Atlanta…

…to Dallas…

…and all the way on the West Coast, where the co-workers of tour participants Maria R. and Margarita marched their way through LAX Airport’s Terminal 4.

Read more about their action in this Spanish language article from La Opinión: “Comer o tener un seguro médico: el dilema de los trabajadores aéreos de catering”

And just like that… the Fed Up Tour was a wrap! A huge thank you to Maris Zivarts of Time of Day Media, who worked hard to produce our daily video wrap-ups—often from the backseat of a moving 12-passenger van! Shout out to our caravaners home locals: UNITE HERE Locals 1 (Chicago), 7 (Baltimore), 8 (Seattle/Portland), 11 (Los Angeles), 23 (Charlotte, DC, Houston), 26 (Boston), 100 (New York/New Jersey), 355 (Miami), and UNITE HERE Philly.

In just four days, 13 airline food workers helped take a major step forward in their fight for just wages and equal treatment for their indispensable roles in the airline industry. We’re just getting started!

 

LA OPINIÓN: “Comer o tener un seguro médico: el dilema de los trabajadores aéreos de catering”

No se puede vivir en una ciudad con un coste de vida tan alto como Los Ángeles con el salario de pobreza que nos pagan.

It’s not possible to live in a city where the cost of living is as high as it is in Los Angeles on the poverty wage that they pay us.

—Danny Argueta, LAX Airport

VIDEO: We’re Fed Up… With Poverty Wages

Day 3 Report: Meeting with Senator Booker + Philadelphia

On Day Three of the Fed Up Tour, our caravan visited no fewer than three cities along the tour route! The day began with an inspiring meeting with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who received the group in his office and listened carefully as airline food workers shared with him their personal stories of working for subcontractors of the major airlines.

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Press Release for June 14 — American Airlines Shareholder Meeting, New York City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Meghan Cohorst, 239-503-1533, mcohorst@unitehere.org
Adam Yalowitz, 202-826-4086, ayalowitz@unitehere.org

At American Airlines Meeting, Food Workers, Passengers and Retirees Say “We Are Fed Up!”

Mayor de Blasio speaks out in support of low wage catering workers as they finish multi-city tour through AA hub cities

NEW YORK—Protesting at American Airlines’ annual shareholder meeting, dozens of airline food workers gathered with retirees, passengers and immigrant rights organizations to call out the airline for perpetrating indignities against both airline passengers, former American Airlines employees, and airline food workers. The rally was the final event on airline food workers’ multi-city Fed Up Tour, which also visited American Airlines hub cities Charlotte, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced his support for airline food workers. “The executives at American Airlines should remember that the hard work of thousands of people make their profits possible. I urge them to swiftly ensure all workers are paid a living wage and are treated with dignity and respect,” said Mayor de Blasio. Read more

VIDEO: Fed Up Tour — Day 2

Day 2 Report: Washington, D.C.

After a night of rest following the long drive north from Charlotte, the Fed Up Tour crew was ready for a packed day in the nation’s capital! They started the day by splitting up to visit each of the Metro D.C. area’s three airline food kitchens:

…and spent the morning talking with other workers about their shared experiences working in airline food kitchens.

Tour participants also collected signatures on postcards they’ll be delivering directly to American Airlines’ annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. You too can add your signature for a postcard to be delivered in your name! Click here to sign.

After a morning in the kitchens, it was time to return to D.C.’s Freedom Plaza—site of several exciting past actions by airline food workers—for a rally and delegation to the headquarters of airline industry group Airlines for America! Read more