Over one hundred airport workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 30, rallied on July 25 outside Lindbergh Field’s Terminal 1, home of Southwest Airlines at the San Diego Airport. Airport workers take issue with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s recommendations for its new retail concessions.
“I’ve worked at this Airport for decades, through numerous transitions,” said Donna Hernandez, a 40 year concessions employee at San Diego International. “We’re making noise today because right now retail workers don’t have any guarantee to keep their working standards when the new terminal opens.”
In the last week, the Airport issued its recommendations for new food and retail concessions planned to begin at the end of 2012. Of the four major concessionaires recommended for the bulk of the new retail operations, three have not made commitments to avoid labor disputes and ensure a smooth transition. The uncertainty on retail is at odds with the Airport’s decisions on food concessions, where the recommended companies have committed to a comprehensive transition plan that includes assuming all of the costs associated with the massive workforce transition.