Sky Harbor Airport Concession Employees and Baristas Vote Strike
PHOENIX – Thanksgiving is a week away and like Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport gearing up for a busy holiday season, some of its workers have voted in favor of the strike.
Workers at HMSHost, a supplier that operates numerous restaurants and cafes inside the terminals, say after four years of negotiations they have had enough and voted on Nov. 18 to strike.
A date for the strike has not been set, but FOX 10 has learned it could begin as early as Friday morning.
Workers say they are looking for a new contract that includes fair raises, affordable health insurance, company-paid retirement dues, and worker tip protections.
The workers’ union had been in negotiations with HMSHost since 2017.
“It’s disrespectful, we feel insulted, and it’s time we stood up against this company we deserve, not just the wages, hours and benefits, but respect at work,” said Ari Berrong-Hueer .
This is not the first manifestation of outrage on the part of airport employees and baristas – in mid-September, dozens of employees quit work and marched with placards outside Terminal 4. They said they were angry at facing severe staff shortages as the travel industry rebounded from the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic.
HMSHost responded by saying it faces the same staffing shortages as many other companies and they are struggling to recruit more workers.
HMSHost released a statement on November 18 after some of its workers planned to vote on a possible strike.
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