Sky Harbor Concession Workers Strike From Monday | Arizona news | MCU Times

Sky Harbor Concession Workers Strike From Monday | Arizona news

PHOENIX (3TV / CBS5) – While Thanksgiving travelers prepare to fly for the holiday from Sky Harbor Airport, workers operating the concession stands are preparing to strike at the same time.

Employees at HMSHost, the contractor that operates the majority of concessions at the airport, are demanding a new contract with the company. The workers’ union voted last week to approve a strike. On Sunday, a spokesman for HMSHost said the company has been informed by leaders at UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing the workers, that they will go on strike from Monday 22 November and continue through the Thanksgiving holiday until 29 November.

Sky Harbor concessionaires vote on strike ahead of Thanksgiving

HMS Host employees are looking for a new contract with the company. Union workers say they are seeking reasonable pay raises, affordable health insurance and protection of workers’ tips.

Just two months ago, workers carried out a one-day strike focusing on what they called an understaffing crisis. UNITE HERE Local 11 said earlier that they had worked with the City of Phoenix, which owns the rooms used by HMSHost, to solve the staffing problem.

HMSHost officials issued a statement on the strike saying:

Unite Here Local 11’s decision to strike only serves to harm the traveling public and the HMSHost staff, who continue to work during this difficult time. We do everything necessary to minimize inconvenience during this busy holiday travel time and have supplemented services with managers, temporary employees and employees from other HMSHost locations, as well as increased our offer of fresh, pre-packaged food and self-payment stations. HMSHost has proposed the best benefits of the class and salary increases with lasting changes. We remain committed to shaping our industry and the communities we serve through diversity, outreach and advocacy.

HMSHost says they have a contingency plan in place to operate concessions at Sky Harbor Airport that will minimize any inconvenience during this holiday travel time. Managers, temporary staff and employees from other HMSHost locations will be manning locations at the airport during the ongoing strike.

It is expected that most restaurants, bars and airlines’ lounges will remain open with the exception of two Starbucks locations at Terminal 3 North and at the baggage claim area of ​​Terminal 4. Zinburger, which is already operating at a reduced time due to the pandemic, may temporarily close as well. . Some restaurants will have limited menu items with hot food for seating service and to-go.

Union officials dispute HMSHost’s timeline, saying in a statement “Workers are ready to strike indefinitely until HMS Host agrees to settle a contract that meets their requirements.”

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