Recently, 3 new news articles on the fight for Equality, Safety and Respect at United Airlines has featured the organizing at Denver International Airport. Workers in the kitchens are determined to win, especially for their families and community. Click the headings or the pictures to read articles from the Aurora Sentinel, 5280, and Westword.
“A lot of my people work here, too. And we have no voice. So I decided to (push for a union) because at first I wanted to stand on my own and take care of my people, but at the same time I was thinking I’m not strong enough to do it, I don’t have enough support,” Renuk said. “But when the union kicked in, I figured this is the right time.”
Despite their fear, the catering workers are pressing on. Many of the workers are wearing red “Equality” lanyards and red armbands, a visible signal to management that they want to organize. On one hand, workers like Takashy and Jacklick want a better work environment for themselves. “I don’t think we have any voice [at work],” Takashy says. Both he and Jacklick say United management displays a lack of respect for the immigrant workers and that they’re often spoken to like children. “[The managers] think that we’re nobody here,” Jacklick says. “We’re really fighting for our equality.”
Jacob looks forward to a day when she can afford a $200 dental visit for her son. And she and Sangau still hope to be able to fly thousands of miles to the Pacific Islands once a year using standby flight benefits to see close family members back home. “Winning this union will be a big difference for us,” Jacob says.