PHILADELPHIA: The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union
(HERE) held a "nationwide action day" last Thursday to protest layoffs
in airline-related industries.
Catering workers handle food service on airplanes, and are employed by
HERE's demonstrations brought attention to 7,000 catering workers laid
off since meal services were suspended for coach passengers on flights
shorter than three hours, and for first-class passengers on flights
shorter than two hours following revenue declines since September
HERE organizer Mike Snyder says the protests target United, American,
and Delta. Future protests are planned.
Demonstrators passed out aid checks and food to laid-off workers, and
were armed with fact sheets for the media. Local HERE offices handled
all PR for the protests.