On April 27, airport workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 30 overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with their employer, HMS Host, the airport concessions industry’s largest company. The new contract raises standards for Airport workers through guaranteed wage increases of over $2.50/hour over the next five years. The deal also strengthens the workers’ retirement plan and extends access to free, quality family healthcare coverage to all fulltime employees.
“This contract is just one part of airport workers’ long term effort to make airport jobs good jobs,” said Brigette Browning, President of UNITE HERE Local 30. “Now we are going to focus our energy to ensure working conditions and customer service standards at SAN are maintained by any new concessionaires that get selected. The traveling public in San Diego deserves nothing less.”
The new contract comes on the heels of the union’s successful lobbying last year to make worker retention a part of the RFP process. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority unanimously demanded that worker retention programs be included with all competing proposals. The Airport Authority also provided additional weight to proposals that go beyond the basic retention requirements.