SFO Food Workers Launch Strike


Around 1,000 food workers at San Francisco International Airport

went on strike on Monday morning demanding higher pay after 

contract negotiations stalled out. The strike will affect dozens of

food outlets and deny travelers prepared foods unless replacement 

workers are found. Some packaged foods will still be available at 

retail shops. Anand Singh, president of Unite Here Local 2, the food 

workers’ union, said workers and a group of restaurant owners 

remained “very far apart” in negotiations. Workers make an average 

of $17.05 an hour and want higher wages and to maintain their current

health care benefits. Nine months of negotiations got us nowhere, and 

SFO’s food service workers are tired of working two or even three jobs

just to survive,” Singh said in a statement. The union estimates around 

10% of workers are working two different jobs across two businesses to

earn enough to survive. Maria Soza Rodriguez worked for more than a 

decade at both a Burger King and Urban Tortilla restaurant at SFO, 

laboring for a combined 15 hours each day. In May, the South San 

Francisco resident quit to organize full-time with Unite Here Local 2.