An overwhelming majority of unionized workers employed by two catering companies at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) have voted to authorize their labor leaders to call a strike.
Representatives for Unite Here Local 2, the hotel and restaurant workers’ union of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, announced Saturday morning that 99 percent of their members voted in favor of authorizing a walkout. The union represents nearly 1,600 members who work for Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet. The two contractors provide food and beverages to several airlines.
"Airline catering workers are tired of watching United, Delta and American Airlines make huge profits while they struggle to pay for unaffordable health care with poverty wages," said Lorraine Powell, a Unite Here Local 2 food service director, in a statement.
Unite Here Local 2 is the same union that staged a months-long strike at Marriott hotels in the Bay Area and across the country last fall.
The labor organization is pushing for similar actions at 20 other airports across the country, involving thousands of workers.