Last week, following weeks of failed negotiations over wage increases, affordable healthcare, and safer working conditions, members of UNITE HERE Local 11 who service flights out of LAX with the Flying Food Group, voted 98% in favor of authorizing a strike.

"Flying out of LAX? Service could be interrupted if nearly 700 catering workers strike"

Los Angeles Daily News, 02/14/19

“I voted to strike because I want affordable health insurance,” Varela said in a statement. “I currently pay $332 dollars a month for my health insurance through the company.”

A strike by Flying Food workers could set the stage for similar actions at other U.S. airports, as some 18,000 Unite Here catering employees will be negotiating their contracts this year.