LAX Airport — Los Angeles, CA
member of UNITE HERE Local 11
Maria Rebolledo has been an airline food worker for 7 years in Los Angeles, California. As the legal guardian of her nephew, Maria started working in the airport because it provided a stable job where she wouldn’t have to travel.
Maria became a workplace leader through simply sticking up for herself, and translating for her coworkers when they needed to communicate with management. When Maria was injured on the job, she advocated for the workplace accommodations that the company needed to give her. When she heard that the airline industry makes $35 billion in profits, she was surprised, astonished, and angry. It didn’t make sense when thinking about how hard her coworkers worked, and how they had to fight tooth and nail for small raises.
She encourages workers everywhere to unite. When there’s more people we can make a difference, and workers are more likely to be heard. Once you begin to speak out, other workers can use it in their own fight. Maria is fighting not only for herself, but her family and her coworkers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—June 8, 2017
Contact: Adam Yalowitz, 202-826-4086, [email protected]
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Food workers launch multi-city tour to tell American Airlines they are Fed Up with poverty wages, passenger treatment
13 workers who prepare food for American at airports across the country will engage passengers at CLT on their way to AA shareholders meeting in New York
Who: 13 workers who prepare food for American at airports across the country will engage passengers at CLT on their way to AA shareholders meeting in New York
What: Airline food workers rally and engage with passengers flying from CLT
When: Sunday, June 11, 10am
Where: Entrance to CLT Main Terminal (exact location TBD), Charlotte, NC
Who: Airline food workers from Charlotte and other airports across the country who prepare, pack and deliver food and beverages to commercial aircraft.
NOTE: Airline food workers are available now through June 11 for interviews on their personal experiences working to prepare and deliver food for American and other major airlines, including their poor wages and working conditions, and how they are connected to passenger treatment. Read more
Overbooked Flights. Late arrivals. Hidden Fees. It seems like the airlines cut corners anyway they can, even as they make record profits. Behind the scenes, the hardworking men and women who prepare food for flights say they cannot make enough to get by. Some earn as little as $7.90 an hour, preparing food all day in freezing kitchens or delivering it to planes on burning hot tarmacs without even the dignity of air-conditioned trucks.
Now, the poorest workers in the airline industry are taking their fight directly to the top, starting with the United Airlines shareholders meeting on May 24. There, workers will call on the titans of the industry to change its ways, and will invite disgruntled passengers to join them.
A caravan of 13 airline food workers will then travel through Charlotte, Washington and Philadelphia on their way to American Airlines’ annual shareholders meeting in New York. There they will again call on airline leadership to treat workers and customers alike with dignity and respect.