A food workers’ union at San Francisco International Airport says 41 protesters were arrested and subpoenaed for blocking traffic.
The union, Unite Here Local 2, said in a Friday press release that the group planned to practice “civil disobedience” with the potential to “block trafficin protest against higher wages.
Union members and supporters of Unite Here Local 2 blocked traffic outside terminal three at the airport on Friday afternoon, according to a group press release.
Airport food service workers voted 99.7% to approve a strike in August.
“The nonviolent civil disobedience, as well as the picket lines of hundreds of workers and supporters, drew attention to workers’ struggles against poverty wages and unaffordable health care,” said a union press release.
According to the press release, many fast food workers “have not seen a pay rise in three years” and earn $17.05 an hour, requiring people to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.
Lucinda To, a lounge attendant at the United Club and a server at Cat Cora’s Kitchen at the airport, said in the press release she lives on four hours of sleep a day.
“I have to work two jobs to support my family, and I’m exhausted from living on four hours of sleep a day,” To said. “I make $16.99 an hour, even though a meal at the airport costs at least $20. I hope this protest will show people that employees at SFO need change, and we’re ready to strike for it.”
Among those in attendance at the protest were former California counsel Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and state senator Josh Becker.
The union noted that a “strike can begin at all times.”