Dozens of immigrant women and their allies rallied today at Reagan National Airport outside of Washington, DC. They demand equality, respect and an end to sexual harassment at DCA. A survey conducted by UNITE HERE during June 2016 of 94 food and retail workers raises concerns about the treatment of immigrant women at Reagan National Airport.
- Sexual harassment: Survey results show that 17% of immigrant mothers reported experiencing sexual harassment at work. 80% of women reporting having experienced harassment were immigrant women of Ethiopian origin.
- Access to healthcare: 43% of immigrant mothers working at the airport reported not having taken their kids to a doctor, dentist or eye doctor because of the cost while working at the airport. 39% of immigrant mothers working at the airport reported having had scheduling requests denied for personal illness or doctor’s appointment.
- Mothers stuck in poverty: 16% of mothers working at the airport reported that while working at their airport, their child had had experienced hunger because they were unable to afford more food. 39% of mothers working reported that while working at the airport, they have had to move in with friends or family due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
Immigrant workers at the restaurants and newsstands at Reagan National Airport have been organizing publicly for months. Conditions for workers at the airports serving the nation’s capital lag far behind thousands of food and retail workers in other U.S. airports. At 62 airports, 35,000 airport food and retail workers have won raises and affordable health insurance by organizing with UNITE HERE.