Workers from LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and Flying Foods rallied all over the country for the FED UP day of action!
From Local 8 Seattle to Local 26 Boston, we’re FED UP with the airlines. Hundreds of workers were fired up over the lack of federal taxes the airlines pay. United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines have made record profits of over 10 million dollars a day. Yet over the last 3 years, those airlines have paid $0 in federal income taxes. They have no excuse for paying poverty wages.
Check out this awesome video featuring actions from across the country. Starring Local 26 Boston, Local 23 Charlotte & Washington D.C., Local 5 Honolulu, Local 1 Chicago, Local 24 Detroit, Local 11 Los Angeles, Local 355 Miami, Local 17 Minneapolis, Local 100 New York and New Jersey, Local 362 Orlando, Local 274 Philly, & Local 2 San Francisco.
Last week, at more than a dozen major airports across the U.S., hundreds of airline catering workers protested low wages at a time when the Big 3 airlines — American, Delta and United — haven’t paid federal income tax for the last three years, despite record profits of over $10 million A DAY during that time. Airline catering workers struggle to make ends meet on as little as $8.20 an hour. In some cities, caterers for the Big 3 pay less than area minimum wages or established living wage standards for other airports. Often forced to work multiple jobs to survive, these workers are taking action by calling for higher wages and equality. #FedUp #1u #unitehere
Posted by Unite Here! Local 5 on Monday, March 19, 2018
Local 11 rallied at LAX Airport
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Local 26 was at Boston Airport!
Local 362 Orlando rallied with other union allies!
Check out this article in the Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/consumer/os-bz-airport-catering-protest-20180314-story.html
Workers in Local 17 Minneapolis buttoned up to show their commitment to win a good contract.
Local 100 New York and New Jersey rallied at JFK Airport, look at their action slideshow!
Local 2 San Francisco protested for over 3 hours, and their union family in other parts of the airport supported them too.
Local 355 in Miami called for higher wages and equality.
Local 274 Philly highlighted that while some airline industry workers, like pilots, flight attendants & grounds crews, have gotten well-deserved raises. Yet, airline catering workers — predominantly people of color — have been left out.
Yolanda from Local 1 Chicago says “It’s not fair for the company to offer raises for some and not others. We all need to be able to take care of our families. We all work hard to make sure food is prepared and delivered to flights, we deserve to be fairly compensated!”
14+ cities had days filled with chanting and rallying for justice. While the greedy airlines profit billions, it’s clear the workers who prepare the food and beverages for their flights deserve more. This action makes it clear that we will not be ignored, fair wages and equality need to be ensured to all. The struggle continues!