airport workers

In Miami, De Blasio Said Four Words In Spanish. Slight Problem: They Were Che’s Words

Jun 28, 2019
PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest presidential candidate to flash a little español this week when, during a political rally Thursday, he pulled out a Spanish phrase he thought might motivate workers striking at Miami International Airport.

But instead of endearing himself to South Florida’s Hispanic diaspora, an apparently unwitting de Blasio uttered a revolutionary rallying cry deeply associated with Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution and a man viewed by hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles as a sociopath and mass murderer.

JOSE A. IGLESIAS / Miami Herald

Ramp and cargo workers at Miami International Airport who service Delta and American Airlines are striking Thursday to urge their employer, Eulen America, to improve working conditions.

Miami International Airport

Hundreds of union workers who prepare food for flights out of Miami International Airport are voting whether to strike for higher wages.

The workers employed by LSG Sky Chefs have been submitting ballots Thursday and Friday, and the union representing them—Unite Here Local 355—expects the vote to pass.

The employees include cooks who prepare food at kitchens near the airport to drivers who load the food on to American Airlines, Delta and United flights. The union says the workers make an average of $12.95 per hour. They want to see wages rise to at least $15 per hour.

Sherrilyn Cabrera / WLRN

The fight for better treatment and improved working conditions for employees continued Monday at Miami International Airport. Several employees of Eulen America joined Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins in a protest to demand workplace injury reports be released and that retaliatory efforts by the company stop.

Sam Turken / WLRN

The last time you were at the airport or getting off a plane, did you notice the people cleaning your plane's seats? Have you wondered how your bags get from the plane to your carousel? 

SAM TURKEN / WLRN

In a unanimous vote at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting on Tuesday, concession workers at Miami International Airport were included in the county’s living wage ordinance. While $4.98  may not seem like a lot, it’s a chunk of change Miami International Airport concession workers have been fighting to earn for years.

Wendi Walsh, the secretary and treasurer of Unite Here Local 355, is a member of the union that’s been leading the fight. “They’re not gonna get rich, but they’re gonna be able to put food on the table for their kids, so we’re thrilled,” says Walsh.

people running on airport tarmac
David Santiago / Miami Herald

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of a gunman opening fire inside the baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, or FLL. 

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Airport workers are not prepared for another emergency like January's shooting in Fort Lauderdale. That was the message from airport workers, government leaders, and representatives from the service workers' union SEIU 32BJ who gathered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Thursday to launch a campaign for more training.

Miami International Airport

There’s more unrest at Miami International Airport. More than 300 food workers have filed complaints alleging their employers have been underpaying them.

Workers with LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet said the underpayments date back to 2006. The employees of these companies, contractors of major airlines  - Sky Chef's main client is American Airlines - say their employers are violating the Living Wage Ordinance. 

Miami Airport Workers Strike For Health Care

Jun 29, 2017
Wilson Sayre / WLRN

More than 100 workers at Miami International Airport are striking for 24 hours.

Subcontractors tasked with handling baggage, curbside check-in and pushing wheelchairs for various airlines are walking off the job in protest of what they say are violations of the Miami-Dade County living-wage ordinance.

Airport Workers Demand Mayors' Attention at Conference

Jun 25, 2017
Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Airport workers around the country are demanding more rights, including higher pay and freedom to unionize.