Airport workers at SFO strike the day before Thanksgiving

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BCN) Hundreds of airport workers will strike Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport to highlight demands for affordable health care, according to union officials.

The strike is planned from kl. 10am to 3pm at Airport Terminal 3 on what is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year and will include around 200 workers – some non-union and some members of the Unite Here Local 2 union – who are cashiers and food service staff at airport terminals as well as them preparing food and beverages served in aircraft.

A press release from Unite Here includes allegations that workers are being denied affordable family health care in light of increased risk of COVID-19 due to exposure to holidaymakers, and the union keeps workers on part-time status so they cannot qualify for health coverage.

“Employers at the airport are cheating their employees of health care that workers need more than ever,” said Anand Singh, president of Unite Here Local 2. “These greedy companies will not stop at anything just to fill their profits – even union blasting for “To avoid giving workers family health care. With COVID on the rise, airport workers will fight back to get the health care they deserve.”

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport has issued a permit to the union for freedom of expression to ensure passengers can continue to move through the airport without being prevented.

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