Airline Food Workers Protest in Long Beach Near International Flight Services Conference

On September 26, airline catering workers from Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and Flying Food Group took the Fed Up Campaign to Long Beach, host of the 2017 International Flight Services Association’s Annual Conference and Expo!

IFSA is a conference where executives from airline and inflight catering industries come together to discuss how to innovate the industry. Over 150 workers from Los Angeles and Phoenix rallied with their supporters that Tuesday to remind IFSA attendees that one part of the industry are the workers who cater the meals for flights. Workers gave over 2,000 leaflets to conference attendees.

On top of the leafleting and rally, there was some street theater. At IFSA, they present the Compass Awards in categories like “Best Inflight Beverage” or “Best Amenity.” So, workers held their own “Moral Compass Awards,” in which they asked, “Are the workers who cater meals and beverages for the airlines treated fairly?” The crowd responded with a resounding “NO!”

During the theater, while the greedy airlines Delta, United and Lufthansa fought for awards, workers awarded their co-workers for their hard work and dedication. Everyone at the rally made a commitment to organize even harder as the campaign continues.

The whole event was part of the ongoing national “Fed Up” campaign that has workers in the kitchens saying they are Fed Up with poverty wages.