Merry Christmas: Airport Strike on Hold

Strike at Oakland Airport on Hold as Progress Made in Food and Retail Contract Negotiations

UNITE HERE Local 2850, the union that represents two hundred fast food and retail employees of HMS Host at the Oakland International Airport, has put holiday season strike plans on hold as progress is made in contract negotiations. HMS Host operates food and retail concessions at Oakland Airport under various brand names, including Starbucks, Chili’s, Max’s Eatz and California Pizza Kitchen.

“My coworkers and I are hopeful that we can come to an agreement without the need for a strike but we remain united and ready to strike for a fair contract if needed. For me, maintaining affordable family medical for my family and especially my newborn daughter is worth fighting for,” said Michael Romulo, a cook at California Pizza Kitchen at the Oakland Airport, operated by HMS Host.

On November 14, 2012, UNITE HERE Local 2850 members working at the Oakland Airport took a strike authorization vote. The results were conclusive and overwhelming, demonstrating the workers’ commitment to fight for a fair contract. By a unanimous tally of 134 – 0, Oakland Airport food and retail workers voted to authorize a strike if necessary.

The Union is cautiously optimistic about the progress that has been made in negotiations over the HMS Host workers’ new contract, but important issues remain unresolved, including the cost of health care. While the UNITE HERE Local 2850 members at the airport have decided not to strike for the time being, workers remain ready to do so if necessary.

For More Information contact: Lian Alan at 510-219-6491 or Wei-Ling Huber at 510-219-6434.