Sonia Toledo

Miami International Airport (MIA)
Food Assembler, 28 years
Member of UNITE HERE Local 355

When Sonia Toledo first started working at Miami’s airport as an airline catering worker in 1991, the price of a gallon of gas was barely over a dollar, a stamp still cost a quarter, and one ticket to the movies was under $5. While a lot has changed over three decades, Sonia’s wages remain too low to sustain a living in the Miami-area. Today, earning $12.45 per hour, she no longer can afford the cost of the company’s health plan, and was recently forced to make the “toughest decision of her life,” to drop her health insurance coverage entirely.

Sonia Toledo participating in an airport action in Miami, December 19, 2018

“I’m 55 years old, an age when access to healthcare is becoming more important than ever, but the company increased the price of their health plan, making it unaffordable for me at the wage I currently earn. The work I do benefits American Airlines—a huge, profitable airline—but I’m scared that I won’t be able to afford to pay for a doctor if either my husband or I need medical treatment. My co-workers in this industry and I have fighting for years, and we will not quit until we win what we deserve from the airline industry.”