Airport workers rally for good food, good jobs at SeaTac

SeaTac Airport will completely rearrange its food and retail concessions in the coming years and UNITE HERE Local 8 food service workers have been active and involved in making sure their voices are heard in the planning process. Workers are calling on the Port Commission to take the lead in the fight against poverty at the Port.

To educate the public and a new Port Commissioner who will be appointed next month, more than one hundred people came together on January 28th to stand for a truly sustainable concessions program including good food, good jobs, and job security for airport workers.

Workers led a march through the airport and were joined by faith leaders, community groups, and unions representing other airport workers. The Port of Seattle heard our message: We need good food at the airport, but we also need respect and good jobs for our families.

Airport workers are excited about the opportunities this re-design of airport food service creates for improving the service and the quality of food we provide to the traveling public. Because we serve passengers every day, we have many ideas of how to make things better.

What’s next? A new Port Commissioner will be appointed in the next six weeks. Candidates will participate in a series of town hall meetings at the end of February. Stay tuned for details.