Hudson Bookstore employees at Miami International Airport say, "Union, YES!"
November 2, 2012
On October 24, over 50 Miami International Airport retail concession workers employed by Hudson joined UNITE HERE Local 355, South Florida's hospitality and workers union. Along with over 400 members from Host and other airport concessionaires, the bookstore workers are geared up to negotiate their first contract. "I've known for some time the fighting spirit that our brothers and sisters in food service have with their union. I'm excited for my co-workers and I to join the family," said Olga Castellanos, one of many new members who organized their union at Hudson Bookstore at MIA. The new members are the first from retail concessions to join the union in Miami International Airport. The workers at MIA join co-workers at HMS Host, Concessions International, LSG Sky Chefs, Gate Gourmet and other food service and catering employees at Miami International Airport. At Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, over 96% of food and concession workers are represented by Local 355. The union count was conducted by Fr. Jack Stanton who serves at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Miami.