On Thursday, August 27th votes were tallied and Gate Gourmet airline catering members approved a new union contract covering 7907 workers across the country! The contract was ratified by a 92% margin and will be expire December 31, 2017.
3499 workers are members of UNITE HERE in Chicago, New York, Newark, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa, San Antonio, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Hawaii. Other workers are covered by the Teamsters, RWDSU and Bakery Workers Union.
Local 100 Carol Ruiz of the Newark kitchen said,
“We fought hard to win respect, better wages and safe conditions. My co-workers and I are proud of standing up and winning our best contract in years!”
The new contract will improve starting wages, increase yearly raises, reduce health care costs and add two additional sick days.
Take a look at a photo slideshow of highlights from workers’ Nickel A Ticket campaign:
…Meanwhile, bargaining continues with Sky Chefs
Binding arbitration (if needed) for the national agreement covering nearly 8,000 UNITE HERE members is scheduled for January 13-15, 2016. Key Bargaining goals include:
- Affordable quality health care with potential move to UNITE HERE plans.
- Wages & Local wage supplements increases to fit area / market standards.