HERE leads layoff protests in Philly

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

outside contractors.

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.

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