Workers from Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and Flying Food rallied all over the country on October 19, UNITE HERE’s Day of Action. 40 cities in our union rallied for dignity and respect in the workplace, increased protections for immigrant workers, and fair wages. Highlights from these rallies include:
Local 8 Seattle had a rally in the rain!
Workers were fed up and fired up despite the weather conditions when they rallied at SeaTac airport. Take a look at these articles about the issues at Seattle Sky Chefs in Seattle Weekly and The Stranger.
Inside, Kirsten Harris-Talley, a member of Seattle City Council kicked off the rally. Pedro Olguin, an organizing coordinator for Teamsters Local 117 who is running for Burien City Council said “The teamsters have your back”. Many community allies rallied alongside Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet workers in Seattle.
Local 11 Phoenix rallied at Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 4.
Local 23 Charlotte rallied and a Mariachi band helped provide some rhythm to their chanting.
Local 23 Washington D.C rallied at Dulles airport.
Local 100 rallied on the steps of City Hall in Newark, New Jersey and then at Trump Tower in New York City.
Marching and using water bottles as drums, Local 100 brought the noise!
October 19 was a busy day for many cities. Workers, and community allies showed up and spoke up about the heat in the trucks, the low wages and inequality in the workplace. Workers in many other cities rallied for protections in the workplace, DACA and TPS protections, and more. A big shout out to everyone who participated in the big day of action. Airline catering workers are serving up justice and standing up to the bosses. When we fight together we win together!