Solidarity with Unite Here Catering Workers
April 20, 2021
Many of us are beginning to feel the benefits of a recovering industry. Through the tireless efforts of volunteers across the system and from multiple Unions, we successfully lobbied for the passage of PSP (Payroll Support Plan). This plan kept airline workers, both Unionized and non-unionized alike, attached to a paycheck and health insurance during a global pandemic. While our industry has not fully recovered, all indications are that our situation will continue to improve as the COVID-19 vaccines are available to more and more people world-wide.
The position United now enjoys, that is coming out of the pandemically induced period of economic difficulties toward recovery, is largely due to the hard work of employees all of whom worked to secure PSP. Unfortunately, as we begin to experience recovery, not all our Sisters and Brothers share in that equity. The Unite Here catering workers on United property have been targeted.
United recently announced plans to contract out inflight catering work, without giving workers any assurances that their jobs, pay and benefits will be protected. This decision means United could be sending 2,500 women and men to the unemployment lines come the Fall of this year at the conclusion of the PSP.
It was only a few years ago that Catering Workers across United’s system came together and successfully Unionized. While their efforts to negotiate their first industry leading Contract were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to fight for their careers. We cannot allow their right to Unionize to be in vain.
Make no mistake, this is Union busting on a national scale and it will not be ignored. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. We stand in solidarity with our Sisters and Brother at Unite Here.