SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Some fast food workers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) earned raises of up to $5 per hour after a three-day strike at the airport, UNITE Here Local 2 said in a press release. UNITE Here is a union that represents many SFO workers.
According to the union, 1,000 fast food workers approved a new contract that has hourly raises and other benefits. The deal was approved by a vote of 99.5%.
The hourly raises start at $3 per hour but will become $5 per hour by September 2024, the union said. Most workers will see a bump from $17.05 per hour to $22.05 per hour.
In addition, the workers will have family health insurance, including medical, dental and vision. They will also receive increased retirement income, a retention policy to protect jobs when food and beverage outlets change operators, and a $1,500 bonus.
“This victory is more than I ever dreamed of,” said April Asfour, a cook at Boudin Bakery Café at SFO. “I have six kids, and this raise will help me to support them. And with the health care that we won, I can cover all of them for free. I’m so proud that we stood up for ourselves, because everything we won will help me give my family a better life.”
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The union said that many workers hadn’t gotten a raise in three years, and they were paid less per-hour than some menu items cost. Forty-one people were arrested during a protest on Sept. 16.
KRON4 has reached out to SFO for comment and is awaiting response.