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San Francisco Airport Food Workers End Strike After ‘Significant’ Gains

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A negotiating committee of 80 San Francisco Airport food service employees unanimously accepted the settlement they were offered, says Restaurant Business Online. But, since the deal has yet to be made official by the union chapter, the specific terms of the deal have yet to be released. What we do know, so far, is that the workers have secured health insurance that also extends to their families and an undisclosed pay raise.

Union activism like this has been revolutionizing the food service industry in recent years. Per the National Labor Relations Board, union elections have increased by 58% this year, and unfair labor charges increased by 16%. For instance, 238 Starbucks stores nationwide have unionized since December 2021, per CNBC. Last month, a Massachusetts Trader Joe’s became the first to unionize, expressing eagerness via Twitter to “[sit] down at the negotiating table as equals with our employer.” 

While these victories are momentous, they are the beginning of a much larger conversation about workers’ rights in the U.S. labor system. As Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted last month, “Our job is not only to grow the trade union movement in this country. We must also break down these archaic laws that make it so hard for workers to organize and so easy for an employer to refuse to negotiate.”