A union of food workers in San Francisco International Airport says 41 protesters have been arrested and cited for blocking traffic.
The union, Unite Here Local 2, said in a press release on Friday that the group intended to practice “civil disobedience” with the potential to “block trafficto protest wage increases.
Union members and Unite Here Local 2 supporters blocked traffic outside Terminal 3 at the airport on Friday afternoon, according to a press release from the group.
Airport catering workers voted 99.7% in favor of allowing a strike in August.
“Nonviolent civil disobedience, along with the picketing of hundreds of workers and supporters, has drawn attention to the struggle of workers against poverty wages and unaffordable health care,” says a press release from the union.
According to the press release, many fast food workers “have not seen a raise in three years” and are earning $17.05 an hour, forcing people to work two or three jobs to join the two. ends.
Lucinda To, a lounge attendant at the United Club as well as a server at Cat Cora’s Kitchen at the airport, said in the press release that she lives with four hours of sleep a day.
“I have to work two jobs to support my family, and I’m exhausted from living on four hours of sleep a day,” To said. “airport costs at least $20. I hope this protest will show people that SFO workers need a change, and we’re ready to strike for that.”
Among those present at the protest were former California Congresswoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and State Senator Josh Becker.
The union noted that a “the strike can begin at any time.”