Would You Pay 50 Cents More So That Flight Catering Workers May Eat? Plus Lufthansa First Class News and United Lounge Renovations!

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  1. Should there be an airline tax to pay catering workers? No. Should they have the ability to strike? Definitely yes. Airlines can’t have it both ways, having workers not able to strike because they are descended from airline workers, but not able to plead their case because they are not airline workers…

  2. @joelfreak agree 100%, they can strike though there are just processes to go through that most workers don’t have to (and that these workers dhouldn’t have to)

  3. 50 cents or a nickel (as the article says)?

    They should be going after their employer (Sky Chefs or whatever), not a surcharge.

    $3.62 per person. That half Coke and bag of pretzels most people have can’t even cost a dollar. If anything it would seem it would be a first/business class surcharge.

  4. Gotta love the photo of the Lufthansa First Class experience is actually of the “special” B744 upper deck First Class, which will soon be a memory! Ooops!

  5. Both Unite Here and SEIU bosses don’t care what consumers pay for a meal. Unite Here probably has more hotels on its do not patronize list, then actual hotels with a union workforce. Neither union is noted for an apprenticeship program or a hiring hall.

    The local airport, Lambert, is control by the City of St. Louis. When a private company enter into a contract with the city to provide services at the airport, it must pay the current livable wage rate with benefits or a higher hourly wage. Like the feds, there is an active push by the city to qualify firms as MWBE and steer contracts toward those businesses.

    Now I have no idea on what a restaurant or a bookstore pays in rent to the City of St. Louis. However, a few years ago, it became known the guy running the shoe shine business at the airport was given a new contract that left nothing in profit.

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