For immediate release
June 13, 2017
American Airlines contract workers rally at LAX, call on LSG Sky Chefs to pay living wage
What: Airline food workers rally and engage with passengers flying from LAX
When: Wednesday, June 14th, 10 AM
Where: Los Angeles International Airport – Terminal 4, upstairs departure level
Who: Airline food workers from LSG Sky Chefs at LAX who prepare, pack and deliver food and beverages to commercial aircraft for American Airlines and other airlines at LAX.
Why: The airline industry is booming, with 2016 profits reaching a record $35 billion. Despite this, passengers continue to pay more for once-included amenities such as checked baggage and extra leg room while airline food service contractors pay workers poverty wages below even the minimum wage in several cities. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), LSG Sky Chefs workers who prepare food for American Airlines and other airlines make as little as $10.70 per hour, well below the airport’s living wage, and even below level the city’s minimum wage will reach on July 1, a low achieved by no other airline caterer.
In response, the poorest workers in the airline industry are taking action to tell American Airlines they are Fed Up with poverty wages, unsafe working conditions and what passengers feel is an ever-diminishing passenger experience. LSG Sky Chefs workers will rally at LAX and leaflet passengers about poverty wages and disgusting working conditions, including spoiled food and insects. Meanwhile, two LAX airline catering workers will join workers from across the country in New York at a rally outside the American Airlines annual shareholder meeting.