Press Advisory for October 19, 2017
Media Contact: Rachel Sulkes, (623) 226-8520
Sky Harbor Workers Join 40+ Cities Across North America in National Day of Action
Nickel-and-dimed: airport workers say company greed has to stop
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What: Sky Chefs workers will demonstrate Thursday night as part of a 40-city day of action by service employees across North America. They say the airline industry’s push for profits has resulted in unacceptable wages and working conditions—including no air conditioning in the trucks that deliver food to the planes. At least one worker has lost consciousness behind the wheel while driving on the airfield.
Workers at inflight catering company Sky Chefs will protest the dangerous conditions for drivers on the tarmac. Concession workers from inside the airport will join them as cuts in their hours leave many scrambling to pay for rent and medical insurance.
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017; 5 PM to 7 PM.
Where: Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 4, arrivals (first floor) on the North side on the West corner.
Who: Tens of dozens of Sky Harbor Airport workers and other area hospitality workers in red shirts, along with their children; community allies; State Representatives Athena Salman, Reginald Bolding, Diego Espinoza Isela Blanc, Mitzi Epstein, Mark Cardenas; State Senator Juan Mendez, Tempe Union Board Members Berdetta Hodge, Monica Trejo.
Why: As prices at concessions at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport have gone up and Phoenix has become a vital hub in airport travel, airport workers have not seen their own fortunes improve.
Employees in the in-flight catering industry deliver food to airplanes using trucks that have had their air conditioning intentionally disabled to cut costs. Workers released a heat report in August documenting the effects of this extreme heat exposure, including one worker who lost consciousness while driving.
Meanwhile, in-terminal concessions workers have seen cuts in their hours, leaving them scrambling to work forty hours a week and unsure of how to cover basic necessities such as rent and medical insurance, despite winning wage increases.
There will be information about the ongoing contract negotiations with two of the industry’s largest players, HMS Host and SSP America for over 1,000 terminal concessions workers at Sky Harbor .