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SFO Food Workers Will Protest Wednesday for Affordable Health Care

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About 200 San Francisco International Airport workers are planning to protest Wednesday in a call for affordable health care, and they’re likely to get a good deal of attention on one of the heaviest travel days in the past two years.

The people protesting are cashiers and food service employees who work in terminals and on planes to prepare food and beverages for passengers. They consist of both Unite Here Local 2 union and non-union workers, many of whom complain they are being kept on part-time status that doesn’t qualify them for health care benefits.

The need for affordable and quality health care has become even more detrimental for workers exposed to travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Airport employers are cheating their employees out of health care that workers need more than ever,” Unite Here Local 2 President Anand Singh said in a news release. 

Singh added:

“These greedy companies will stop at nothing just to pad their profits — even union-busting to avoid giving workers family health care. With COVID on the upswing, airport workers are going to fight back to get the health care they deserve.”    

The protest, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SFO’s Terminal 3, has been permitted as a free speech activity and will be organized so it does not impede passenger access to the airport. 

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