On March 30, workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s HMSHost ratified their first union contract. HMSHost operates food and beverage concessions (restaurants, fast food, coffee shops) at the Atlanta airport and at many other airports around the country.
The agreement, covering 800 workers, is the first-ever union contract for Atlanta airport concessions workers. Highlights of it include across-the-board wage increases, lower employee health insurance costs, more paid time off, and better meal reimbursements.
"Now we have the power to enforce our rights," explained HMSHost utility worker Roger Craft, adding, "now we’ll want to do our jobs better because we will feel more involved in our job."