If you fly on any of three airlines from these Hawaii airports, it might be time to start thinking about packing your own food. Read on for details.
This week airline food workers voted decisively to strike following release from mediation. This part of a larger vote that took place in 21 cities nationally. Furthermore, look for picketing to commence on July 3 at Honolulu Airport.
Eric Gill, UNITE HERE Local 5 union representative said, “that workers voted 100% today to strike when released should send a strong message to American, Delta, and United. The median wage of a Gate Gourmet worker in Hawaii is only $12.25 per hour. This has reached a crisis level—airline catering workers in Honolulu and Kahului need meaningful changes, and they need them right now.”
Long-term workers at caterer Gate Gourmet complain that even after a quarter century of employment, they barely make $15 per hour. That while the median wage at the company, here in Hawaii, is even less. Yikes.
In a theme similar to that of hotel workers in Hawaii, “one full time job should be enough” is a common request. It isn’t unusual for those of us living in Hawaii to work two or three jobs in order to be able to afford living here. We often say that once you live here, visiting anywhere in the world isn’t expensive.
While negotiations are ongoing, workers have not received what they deem appropriate wage and health benefit offers that are meaningful. That while these airlines have raked in tens of billions in profits, just over the last five years. The union will seek to be released from mediation this summer, after which a 30-day period for cooling off would be required. Thereafter, it could become legal for the union members to strike.
Airlines impacted: American, Delta and United.
Airports impacted: Honolulu and Maui. As far as we know, there is no catering on the Big Island and on Kauai, and airlines bring food from the mainland or acquired independently.
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Photo courtesy of UNITE HERE Local 5.