Tour of airline food workers to rally near offices of airline lobby group
13 workers from across the U.S. to tell airlines they are Fed Up with poverty wages, treatment of passengers
What: Airline food workers rally outside offices of Airlines for America, the industry lobby group
When: Monday, June 12, 3pm
Where: 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300
Who: Airline food workers from 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.
The airline industry is booming, with 2016 profits reaching a record $35 billion for U.S. carriers. Despite this, American Airlines has diminished the quality of its customer service while its food service contractors pay workers poverty wages below even the legal minimum wage in several cities. At a time when many airline employees are seeing well-deserved raises, workers who prepare food for American and other airlines make as little as $7.90 per hour.
In response, the poorest workers in the airline industry are embarking on a tour to tell American Airlines they are Fed Up with poverty wages, unsafe working conditions and unacceptable passenger treatment. 13 airline food workers will gather in Charlotte before visiting Washington, Philadelphia and New Yorkâ all American Airlines hub citiesâ on their way to American’s annual shareholders meeting. Along the way, workers will take part in events calling on titans of the industry to change their ways, and will invite disgruntled passengers to join them.
UNITE HERE is a union with over 270,000 members in the U.S. and Canada, including 37,000 airline catering and concessions workers. It represents 15,000 airline catering workers, employees of Gate Gourmet, Flying Food Group and LSG Sky Chefs, at 51 airports across the country.