On December 6, LSG Sky Chefs workers in Philadelphia, along with clergy and other UNITE HERE members, held an informational rally to demand a fair contract. Sky Chefs workers all over the country are holding public information rallies to bring light to their situation, as they have now been without a contract for over a year.
In 2005, Sky Chefs workers helped keep the company from going under. They took wage and benefit cuts amounting to as much as 30% of their income. The company is implementing higher insurance costs in January 2011, and family health care costs will rise to over $500 a month for workers who on average make $10 per hour.
"I work for a multi-billion dollar company," said storeroom clerk Tee Turner. "I shouldn’t need public assistance to support myself, and neither should my coworkers."
Rev. Michael Caine of the Old First Reformed Church in Philadelphia said,"We can feel the winds of justice blowing here outside Sky Chefs. We stand together calling on Sky Chefs to settle a fair contract and allow its workers to live in dignity, not poverty."
UNITE HERE represents 7,000 Sky Chefs workers in North America.