A union for food workers at San Francisco International Airport says 41 protesters were arrested and cited for blocking traffic.
The union, Unite Here Local 2, said in a press release Friday that the group intended to practice “civil disobedience” with the potential to “block traffic” in protest of higher wages.
Union members and supporters of Unite Here Local 2 blocked traffic outside Terminal Three at the airport Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the group.
Airport food service workers voted 99.7% to approve a strike in August.
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“The nonviolent civil disobedience, as well as strikes by hundreds of workers and supporters, drew attention to workers’ struggles against poverty wages and unaffordable health care,” the union said in a press release.
According to the press release, many fast food workers “haven’t seen a raise in three years,” making $17.05 an hour, requiring people to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.
Lucinda To, a United Club lounge attendant as well as a server at Cat Cora’s Kitchen at the airport, said in the press release that she lives on four hours of sleep per day.
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“I have to work two jobs to support my family, and I’m exhausted living on four hours of sleep a day,” To said. “I make $16.99 an hour even though a meal at the airport costs at least $20. I hope this protest will show people that workers at SFO need a change and we are ready to strike for it.”
Among those present at the protest were former California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and state senator Josh Becker.
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The union noted that a “strike could begin at any time.”