“Catering workers refuse to sit back and watch airlines like American, Delta and United earn billions in profits while workers barely scrape by,” said UNITE HERE International president D. Taylor in a written statement. “Now is the time for one job to be enough in the airline catering industry.”
Atlanta-based Delta is catered by Gate Gourmet at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where workers have voted to authorize a strike if released to do so, while negotiations and mediation continue.
Gate Gourmet issued a statement saying it “continues to work in good faith” with the union and mediators “to make improvements for our people across wages and benefits as we have in the past.” The company added, however, that “the negotiations process can be lengthy” and that the Railway Labor Act preserves terms under the current labor contract and prevents operational disruptions.
LSG Sky Chefs also issued a statement saying it continues to negotiate in good faith and noting that employees are prohibited from legally striking without a formal release from the National Mediation Board.