Airline food service workers took their new "nickel a ticket" campaign for affordable health care to the downtown Chicago headquarters of United Airlines Thursday morning.
Gate Gourmet airline catering employees at O'Hare International Airport, represented by UNITE HERE Local 1, delivered a letter to the airline's offices at Willis Tower, calling on United to set aside one nickel per passenger ticket to help "fix the problem of unaffordable health care" for the workers.
The letter was delivered on behalf of more than 10,000 airline food service workers from various catering companies at 42 U.S. airports, according to organizers. In addition to the letter, Chicago Gate Gourmet employees dropped off a box to United's offices containing photos of 1,000 of the catering workers who have signed a petition asking the airline to earmark a nickel per passenger ticket for health care costs.
UNITE HERE's national "nickel a ticket" worker campaign, launched on Thursday, is targeting United, as well as American and Delta airlines.
"We're in Chicago with our group, and we have workers that are rallying also in Atlanta, which is the home of Delta Airlines. We have workers in Dallas, home of American, and 17 additional cities across the U.S. starting the campaign today," said Meghan Cohorst, spokeswoman for UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents 900 Gate Gourmet workers at O'Hare.