Exhausted Airport Workers Strike Amid Holiday Travel Woes As Contracts Expire

Sharee B.

Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, is a major hub when it comes to holiday travel on the West coast. However, as the airport experiences its share of 20 million travelers this week, workers are feeling the pinch.

Concession workers, who man long hours at food and beverage stands across the nation often deal with low wages, but this time they are facing the possibility of no pay.

According to one of their largest concession stand contractors, HMS Host, employee contracts are set to expire any day now. With negotiations over the past few weeks going sour, a new deal has yet to be reached.

Many of the employees, who are a part of the Unite Here Local 11 Union are planning to execute a weeklong strike as early as Monday morning if a settlement cannot be reached. As the holiday travel numbers continue to increase, this could cause a serious disruption in an already tense week.

According to one of the spokespeople for Unite Here Local 11, who recently spoke with news outlets regarding the complexity of the situation, the duration of the strike may intensify.

"Workers are prepared to strike indefinitely until HMS Host agrees to settle a contract that meets their demands. "

WIth travel conditions at the facility being near pre-pandemic levels, frustrated workers are demanding an increase in conditions such as :

  • Affordable healthcare
  • Higher wages
  • Company-paid retirement

As protestors have gathered outside the airport entrances and terminals, more than two dozen restaurants and drink stands are expected to be affected. Updates will be provided as the situation continues to unfold.

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