Hundreds of airport workers will protest at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday to highlight calls for affordable healthcare, union officials said.
Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Terminal 3 of the airport on one of the busiest travel days of the year, the protest will involve around 200 workers – some non-unionists and some members of the Unite Here Local 2 union – the cashiers and food service workers in Airport terminals, as well as those that prepare food and drink served on airplanes.
A press release from Unite Here alleges that given the increased risk of COVID-19 due to exposure to vacationers, workers are being denied affordable family health care and the union is leaving workers in part-time status so that they cannot qualify for health insurance.
“The airport employers cheat their employees out of the health care workers need more than ever,” said Anand Singh, President of Unite Here Local 2. “These greedy companies will stop at nothing just to bolster their profits – even anti-union. to prevent the workers’ families from receiving medical care. With COVID on the rise, airport workers will fight back to get the healthcare they deserve. “
SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport had given the union freedom of expression to ensure passengers can continue to move freely through the airport.