Airline catering workers facing healthcare crisis protest American Airlines at PHL
On Thursday, October 24th, Local 100 alongside Airline catering workers who prepare food and beverages served aboard flights departing PHL protested at PHL Terminal 2, demanding immediate action to fix a “health care crisis” in the industry. Airline catering workers at PHL service flights operated by American Airlines, among others.
” One Job Should be enough” exclaimed Carol Walter, who has worked for LSG Sky Chefs at JFK for 34 years. I traveled to PHL in support of my Union brothers and sisters because we are facing a health care crisis and there is only one solution; American Airline needs to take care of all airlines caters as soon as possible” we will keep fighting for our health benefits!
The protest at PHL follows a difficult summer for American Airlines, during which it faced challenges including a labor dispute with its mechanics and on-time performance issues that led airline employees to offer apologies and compensation to some affected passengers. It remains a profitable airline.
This past summer, 15,000 airline catering workers at 33 airports—voted overwhelmingly to strike when released by the National Mediation Board, citing unaffordable health care and poverty wages. In the time since, workers at American Airlines hubs across the country have participated in protest against the poverty conditions in the industry, including a civil disobedience action with over 50 arrested near American’s largest hub airport in Dallas-Fort Worth.