A planned picket against Sky Chefs has been called off after the company agreed to raise airport worker’s wages and pay back pay. The workers at Dulles Airport – represented by Unite Here Local 23 -- had filed complaints with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) earlier this month after Sky Chefs neglected to pay its employees at the wage rates set by the new living wage policy that raised pay for thousands across the region beginning January 1. “Sky Chefs has now changed their position and has announced that they will comply with the minimum wage policy of the airport,” reports Local 23 president Bert Bayou. “They have also agreed to meet and bargain for raises for all classifications. The other airline catering companies at Dulles have already agreed to raises for all workers, including those above minimum wage,” Bayou added. While the picket has been called off for now, Bayou says the union will hold the picket at Dulles Airport on Jan 31 if this week’s bargaining does not prove fruitful.
photo of a SkyChefs rally in October, courtesy UNITE HERE Local 23