Police arrest 15 catering workers protesting American Airlines DFW headquarters

CBS News has reported a protest by catering workers at the DFW headquarters of American Airlines on August 13, the company said.

Police arrested 15 protestors during the rally where airline catering workers called on the airline to take action to end what they call poverty wages and unaffordable health care.

One in four workers who provide food and drinks to American Airlines at its hubs and who work for subcontractors LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet earn less than USD 12 per hour, and on average earn less than employees for the same contractors serving airlines at Delta and United hubs.

American Airlines released the following statement:

American Airlines respects and supports the rights of workers to join a union and bargain collectively–in fact, 84 percent of our team members are represented by unions. We believe in the collective bargaining process, and so we are confident that LSG Sky Chefs and Unite Here will come to an agreement that increases pay and benefits for LSG´s employees and ensures LSG can continue to operate successfully. We understand that a new contract will, ultimately, increase the costs to LSG Sky Chef´s customers, including American. While we are not part of the ongoing negotiations, we urge both LSG Sky Chefs and Unite Here to bargain in good faith and get a deal done.