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USA: LSG Chefs workers picket American Airlines campus demanding higher wages and job benefits to 'escape poverty'
Author: Mitch Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Published on: 22 August 2019
"Food service workers picketing American Airlines headquarters say they live in poverty", 13 August 2019
About 300 union workers picketed on the edges of the American Airlines campus on Tuesday, demanding higher wages and job benefits for food service workers. Police said they arrested about 60 of the workers who blocked a street into the campus...in Fort Worth.
...“Our goal is to escape poverty, not to disrupt travel,” said Winston, vice president of Unite Here...
LSG Sky Chefs, the primary employer of the picketing workers...said...“Our company has offered improvements in wages, and is discussing numerous other issues covered by our collective bargaining agreement,...we feel progress is being made with the help of the federal mediator..."
American Airlines said..."...we are confident that LSG Sky Chefs and Unite Here will come to an agreement that increases pay and benefits for LSG's employees and ensures LSG can continue to operate successfully...We understand that a new contract will...increase the costs to LSG Sky Chef's customers, including American..."...
...While the food service workers are not direct employees of the airline, worker representatives say the airline is responsible for making sure the workers who serve their customers are sufficiently compensated...