On Day Three of the Fed Up Tour, our caravan visited no fewer than three cities along the tour route! The day began with an inspiring meeting with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who received the group in his office and listened carefully as airline food workers shared with him their personal stories of working for subcontractors of the major airlines.
Senator Booker also shared words of encouragement and support (in both English and Spanish), and provided the following statement:
Like in so many industries, airline profits and CEO compensation are soaring to new heights â last year CEO pay for some of the biggest airlines averaged nearly $8 million.
“Unfortunately, that prosperity is not shared by many airline workers, including the caterers, cabin cleaners, and other subcontracted workers whose roles are critical to the day-to-day operation of the entire business.
“That needs to change. The airline industry should ensure that subcontracted workers earn a living wage and are afforded the same worker protections other workers receive.
Following their meeting, the Senator spent several minutes with workers, talking and taking selfies!
It was an empowering capstone to our visit to Washington, D.C., and tour members set off to Philadelphia in high spirits! After a few hours of driving, they arrived and were greeted in the over 90Âº heat by a strong contingent from UNITE HERE Philly (who also graciously brought two flavors of cold water iceâ a Philadelphia delicacy).
There, we rallied with UNITE HERE Philly members from the PHL Airport Sky Chefs kitchen, took advantage of an opportunity to send a delegation to a nearby American Airlines office, and shared stories with one another. We were also joined by the newest summer interns of the UNITE HERE Organizing Beyond Barriers program, who will be spending several weeks of their summers interning in DC and Baltimore!
Then… it was back into the vans and on to New York City. Next up: the American Airlines Annual Shareholder Meeting!