Airline food service workers from across the country rallied to a hiphop beat Thursday afternoon as the “Nickel A Ticket” campaign came to Freedom Plaza in the nation’s capital. “You don’t need to use a calculator,” rapped the rally’s DJ, “just five pennies, a nickel a ticket” to fix the problem of workers with no healthcare. Employees in the airline catering industry say their healthcare is too expensive, leaving many uninsured or underinsured, and UNITE HERE, a union representing 27,000 workers in the airline food industry last month launched the national campaign aimed at major airlines, which have been reporting record profits while continuing to squeeze the food workers. “You can keep your peanuts,” Metro Washington Council president Jos Williams told the airlines – who were the target of Thursday’s rally and the civil disobedience that followed – “give that nickel to the workers instead!”
- report/photo by Chris Garlock
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