The final day of the Fed Up Tour did not disappoint, as our road-hardy crew was up bright and early to make their presence known outside of American Airlines’ Annual Shareholder Meeting in Midtown Manhattan!
As the morning’s rain showers tapered away, the 13 caravaners rallied outside the Lipstick Building with a great group of supporters from UNITE HERE Local 100, the Hotel Trades Council, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, African Communities Together‘s Amaha Kassa. The American Airlines Retirees Committee was also out front, continuing their call for the airline to protect their retirement benefits.
[We] say to the shareholders of American Airlines: you are enjoying record profits and all that we are asking is for respect and dignity for workers who made this airline profitable. â NYC Public Advocate Letitia James
As their fellow workers Bharat and Dharon did at United Airlines’ meeting, Charlotte’s Bobby Kirkpatrick and Miami’s Yamilet Vigueras attended the meeting, where they were able to ask questions of AA’s board of directors… and also speak for a bit one-on-one with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker.
Outside the meeting, the rally continued with every bit of the same spirit that has accompanied the tour all the way from Charlotte.
Meanwhile, in other cities across the country, even more airline food workers were doing their best to amplify the message that we’re all Fed Up with poverty wages!
…and all the way on the West Coast, where the co-workers of tour participants Maria R. and Margarita marched their way through LAX Airport’s Terminal 4.
Read more about their action in this Spanish language article from La OpiniÃ³n: “Comer o tener un seguro mÃ©dico: el dilema de los trabajadores aÃ©reos de catering”
And just like that… the Fed Up Tour was a wrap! A huge thank you to Maris Zivarts of Time of Day Media, who worked hard to produce our daily video wrap-upsâ often from the backseat of a moving 12-passenger van! Shout out to our caravaners home locals: UNITE HERE Locals 1 (Chicago), 7 (Baltimore), 8 (Seattle/Portland), 11 (Los Angeles), 23 (Charlotte, DC, Houston), 26 (Boston), 100 (New York/New Jersey), 355 (Miami), and UNITE HERE Philly.
In just four days, 13 airline food workers helped take a major step forward in their fight for just wages and equal treatment for their indispensable roles in the airline industry. We’re just getting started!