Joined by coworkers from around the country, hundreds of inflight catering workers for LSG Sky Chefs from New York’s airports marched to the headquarters of the German airline Lufthansa, Sky Chefs’ parent company, on July 14 to demand the settlement of a fair contract for the more than 6,000 Sky Chefs workers across North America who have been in contract negotiations since October 2009.
"I marched today to show Lufthansa that all Sky Chefs workers nationwide stand together," says Carmen Vargas, a 20-year Sky Chefs employee in New York. "All we ask for is a fair contract with good wages and benefits, that is what we are fighting for."
Workers at the German-owned company, some of whom have not had raises since 2002, are seeking improvements in wages and more affordable health care.
UNITE HERE represents over 6,000 Sky Chefs workers in more than 40 kitchens around the country. LSG Sky Chefs’ main competitor, Gate Gourmet, settled a contract with its union workers in June 2010.