DCA Airport – Washington D.C.
member of Unite Here Local 23
Nelson has been an airline food worker, as a flight coordinator, for 7 years. He’s 38 years old, has two children, and also takes care of his parents. His favorite moment as a worker there was when he helped win his first grievance case, it really felt like the workers had power in that moment. Nelson is fed up because he’s overworked and underpaid. The airlines can improve by treating the workers better, giving the workers the raises they deserve, and providing proper equipment.
Nelson became a leader in his workplace because he knew it was time for someone to step up. Since it’s a diverse workplace, he knew it needed a voice, and he had respect from his coworkers. He fights because his coworkers work so hard to make ends meet by doing overtime or getting a second job. He wants others to know the fight is real, and to follow the tour, see our stories and to come out and see the workers for yourself.