On October 9th, 100 AreasUSA workers at San Jose Airport achieved their first union contract. The agreement provides significant wage increases and, for the first time at San Jose Airport, allows AreasUSA workers access to good quality health care. A large majority of the workers will receive free medical, dental, and vision coverage, and all workers will receive raises between $1.90 and $2.55 over the next four years.
The contract also provides other important benefits such as a free meal during each shift and time-and-a-half pay for servers and bartenders during their vacations.
The contract came as part of an arbitration ruling, which settled issues that were not resolved during the course of negotiations.
"It’s been a long road to this contract, but our patience has paid off,” said Mario de la Torre, a cook at Pizza My Heart. “I’m going to be able to see a doctor for the first time in a long time."