Bring MIA Back! Hospitality Workers at Miami International Airport Demand Concessions Companies Open All Stores and Raise Wages

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR—THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2021

CONTACT: MJ Leira, [email protected], (917) 565-7697

 

WHO: Approx. 40 UNITE HERE Local 355 hospitality union workers.

WHAT: Press conference. RSVP HERE.

WHERE: Miami International Airport — Door 1 Departures.

WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 11:00 AM.

As workers across the country mobilize during “Striketober,” and employers raise salaries, Miami International Airport workers are demanding airport concessions companies open up and pay higher wages.

Despite relief to MIA companies, the three largest concessionaires at MIA had nearly one third of their shops closed last month. Travelers are complaining of long lines due to the closures and former employees have left for higher paying jobs elsewhere. To bring MIA back, concessions companies must open all outlets and pay workers a fair wage.

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UNITE HERE Local 355 is the hospitality workers’ union in South Florida, representing over 7,000 workers in hotels, gaming, restaurants and food service, and airports. Ninety-eight percent of its members were laid off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and sixty percent remain out of work today.