For immediate release
October 14, 2016
WHAT: Dozens of airport food and retail workers and their allies will rally at Denver International Airport in the City Conference Room. They demand more transparency about what Ferrovial’s long-term privatization of the Jeppesen Terminal will mean for their futures.
WHO: Airport workers, UNITE HERE Local 23 Members, and community allies.
WHEN: Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 2 PM
WHERE: City Conference Room in the Main Terminal, Denver International Airport.
WHY: DIA has selected Ferrovial to privatize the airport’s Jeppesen Terminal, and the airport and Ferrovial are currently in exclusive negotiations. The Denver Post editorial board recently criticized the lack of transparency on the project.
Airport workers are gathering to say that when the restaurants they work at change companies, they want to continue working at the airport. Ferrovial has made no guarantees that this will happen. In contrast, Midfield Concessions, the winner of the airport’s most recent concessions contract, signed agreements to protect airport workers’ jobs.
UNITE HERE has also raised questions about Ferrovial’s track record on other large public infrastructure projects in the United States, including a strike during the Indiana Toll Road widening construction project in 2009. Of Ferrovial’s four completed U.S. projects, two have filed for bankruptcy. In Spain, a judge in Barcelona has decided to try people associated with a kickbacks scheme in which Ferrovial allegedly paid money to influence the award of public contracts. Two Ferrovial executives face a sentence of 4.5 years in prison. The trial is set for March 1, 2017.
VISUALS: Airport workers will wear red shirts that say: “Am I getting fired?”