Airports are an important part of UNITE HERE
Approximately 80% of the U.S. airline catering industry is unionized. UNITE HERE represents 100% of market leader LSG Sky Chefs’ 6,600 workers under a Master National Agreement. 5,200 workers employed by the industry’s second largest company, Gate Gourmet, are represented by the joint Teamsters/UNITE HERE Employee Representatives Council under a Master National Agreement. UNITE HERE also represents 300 workers employed by Gate Serve, an airline caterer, and Gate Safe, the independent airline catering security company.
Airport workers, employed in the airline catering and airport concessions industries, are the third largest group of workers represented by UNITE HERE behind those employed in hotels and gaming. The Union represents 30,000 workers at 76 airports.
…And UNITE HERE is an important part of the Industry
Approximately 80% of the U.S. airline catering industry is unionized. UNITE HERE represents 100% of market leader LSG Sky Chefs’ 6,600 workers under a Master National Agreement. 5,200 workers employed by the industry’s second largest company, Gate Gourmet, are represented by the joint Teamsters/UNITE HERE Employee Representatives Council under a Master National Agreement (2,500 of the 5,200 are represented by UNITE HERE). UNITE HERE also represents 300 workers employed by Gate Serve, an airline caterer, and Gate Safe, the independent airline catering security company.
LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet workers are starting contract negotiations this October. These workers have made huge sacrifices for years to keep the companies afloat. It’s time for Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet to respect workers’ sacrifices and years of hard work.
UNITE HERE has a strong presence in the food and beverage and retail concessions industry, representing and organizing workers in all the national companies. Our members work for HMSHost, Delaware North Companies Travel & Hospitality Services, or DNC-THS (formerly CA One Services), SSP America (formerly Creative Host Services), Concessions International, OTG, Hudson Group, HDS Retail and The Paradies Shops.
Airport concessions workers at airports across the United States and Canada are joining UNITE HERE to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the health of their communities.
We are united for better conditions for all airport concessions workers – the more of us who are organized, the more secure our jobs, wages and benefits will be. We already number in the thousands in cities across America. Together, we can get the attention of our elected leaders to pass policies to retain our jobs when concessions operators change (“Worker Retention”) and create careers in our industry. Our industry is growing and we must grow with it! As we grow, we will lead the way to better jobs, stronger communities, and better service for all airport customers.
We are the forefront of the battle to keep our union strong and to win good contracts in tough times with many of our key employers. DNC-THS is a 100% union company with all employees represented by UNITE HERE, most under a Master National Agreement. These workers recently re-negotiated their national agreement to secure stronger rights at work and no increases in health care costs during the contract’s term, and are gearing up to improve health care in the next round of bargaining. HMSHost workers at several airports are also bargaining contracts this year.
While we understand the current economic crisis, we must ensure that these jobs continue to improve for the future, thus ensuring a stable, well-trained workforce in our airports, and economic growth in our communities.
During the decades we have represented airport workers, UNITE HERE has developed an invaluable expertise in the industry. In 2008, UNITE HERE parlayed that expertise into an initiative to strengthen the union’s partnerships with airports and communities: the Airport Group.
The Airport Group has experience in all stages of airport terminal concessions development and has produced reports, policy recommendations, and information tracking tools to assist airport stakeholders in their decision-making processes. The Group has been involved with airport projects in several cities from coast to coast.
With the support of the Airport Group, UNITE HERE is even better equipped to raise standards for quality airport concessions and airline catering services – for the community, for airports, and of course, for our members.