Airport Workers’ Action: Victory! We’re Going Back to Work – Now We Need Good Jobs!


August 23, 2013 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oakland Airport, Terminal 2
Sarah Norr

Great news – three fired Oakland Airport worker leaders are headed back to work! Join them as they stand up for good jobs and organizing rights for themselves and other OAK fast food workers!

“I can’t wait to go back to work at the airport,” said Subway cashier Hakima Arhab. “My co-workers are feeling so strong – they understand now that we can stick together and stand up for our rights, and win!”

On August 12, the airport’s Subway and Jamba Juice franchises agreed to reinstate Hakima, Bikram Thapa, and Diamond Ford, who were fired last summer after they spoke out against injustices and labor law violations on the job.

Subway also agreed to restore the schedule of Hayat Selmani, who lost work hours after she began participating in the campaign (Hayat was one of the workers who struck to protest unfair labor practices at the airport on July 14). All four workers will receive back pay.

In May, the National Labor Relations Board issued complaints against Subway and Jamba Juice for retaliating against workers for organizing. The reinstatements are part of the settlement of that case.

But the airport workers’ fight isn’t over. Workers at Subway, Jamba Juice and four other airport fast food restaurants are demanding a card check agreement – so they can decide whether to unionize without fear of retaliation. Unionized fast food workers at the airport enjoy job security, living wages, and affordable family health care.

Join the workers for an action inside and outside Terminal 2 – and show the restaurants that the community is standing up for good jobs at OAK!


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