In Photos: DFW catering workers on January 29

On January 29, over 50 airline catering workers from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport were joined by community allies outside American Airlines headquarters to protest poverty wages and unaffordable healthcare. See the photos by clicking the link! Read more

DFW catering workers protest poverty wages, unaffordable healthcare at American Airline headquarters

Over 50 airline catering workers who prepare food for American Airlines and other flights protested outside the airline’s headquarters after an action at DFW earlier in the day.

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New Year. Same Fight.

Seattle

Airline catering workers have been FED UP with earning poverty wages and high healthcare premiums since long before even 2018. And throughout the month of December, working people from the “Big Four” airline catering employers – Gate Gourmet, LSG Sky Chefs, Flying Food Group, and United Airlines – joined in collective action for the first time by holding a variety of demonstrations across 20 U.S. cities. From Miami to Minneapolis, San Francisco to New York, and Denver to D.C., the series of actions marked the official relaunch of the “FED UP” movement that began last summer, and let the airlines know that the working people who feed thousands of airline passengers every day have a new year’s resolution to do whatever it takes in 2019 to earn their fair share of the multi-billion-dollar industry’s soaring profits.

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Fed Up Week of Action, December 2018

Press Release: Airline food workers lead airport actions in multiple cities, saying they’re Fed Up with low wages and insufficient health care

Actions take place in over 20 U.S. cities during one of the busiest travel times of the year

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United Airlines Kitchen Workers Vote Yes on Unionization

Official tally of votes today reveals United’s Catering Operations workers chose overwhelmingly to join UNITE HERE after nearly a year of organizing.

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The #MLK50 march in Memphis!

UNITE HERE members from all over the country convened in Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights legacy. April 4, 2018 marked 50 years after his assassination. His life of purposeful non-violent direct action inspired many to take up the mantle as activists, organizers, and leaders.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech was in Memphis, called “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”. He emphasized the need for economic justice alongside racial justice. The speech was in support of striking sanitation workers, who were battling against discrimination, unsafe working conditions, low pay and disrespect.

Dr. King’s message isn’t forgotten today in our fight for decent wages and respect in airline catering kitchens across the country, which is why many workers in LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Foods made the journey from their homes to this very important event. Read more

The FED UP Day of Action!

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.

Airline catering workers are #FedUp with corporate greed!

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

Click the link for more photos and reports from the Day of Action!

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The UNITE HERE Airline Catering Summit!



Our contracts—LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet, and Flying Food Group—don’t expire until the end of 2018, but we have already begun to demand real improvements.  100 airline catering worker-leaders from 20 kitchens around the country joined forces in Baltimore on November 15/16 to make plans to win MUCH better contracts. From Boston to Los Angeles, workers shared their struggles, their triumphs, and strategized on the path to work together and win more together.

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October 19: The UNITE HERE Day of Action!

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. Click the link for highlights from these rallies!

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