Airline catering workers plan protests at major US airports over Thanksgiving weekend

Protesting airline catering workers to greet holiday travellers over Thanksgiving.


Thousands of subcontracted airline catering workers are expected to demonstrate in dozens of major US airports across the country over Thanksgiving weekend.


Many are planning to block airport roads and stage sit-ins in check-in areas, demanding increased pay and better health care benefits.


The protests began on Tuesday when 18 airports across the US suffered minor disruptions.


In John F. Kennedy airport alone, 60 people were arrested after supporters gathered outside the departure hall of the American Airlines terminal.


The workers are employed by LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet, subcontractors to provide on-board food and beverages for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.


According to Unite Here, approximately 25% of subcontracted food workers for LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet earn less than $12 per hour.