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Sky Harbor restaurant, concession workers strike for 3rd time

By Kirsten Dorman
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 - 5:53pm
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 3:01pm

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Joliann Owen-Jaeger participates in the strike at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport walked out on strike Tuesday. This is the third walkout since workers voted to authorize a strike in September, seeking better wages and working conditions.

SSP America is a subcontractor with the city of Phoenix that employs hundreds of workers at airport restaurants and concessions. Workers striking Tuesday said that they’ve seen lack of staffing shut restaurants down during strikes.

Unite Here Local 11 is the union representing them. In a statement, the union said this latest demonstration is a response to SSP changing its payroll system without negotiating.

Workers have also accused managers of firing, suspending or disciplining employees since a second strike in November.

The union filed unfair labor charges related to these allegations with the National Labor Relations Board last month.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to correct the period of time the strikes occurred. 

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Ana Martinez waves a “UNITE HERE Local 11” flag at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, during a strike for SSP America workers.

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SSP America workers go on strike on Jan. 23, 2024, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in protest of late paychecks and poor labor conditions.

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Tymn Sappenfield (left) and Nicholas Ethier talk as they strike over labor conditions and late paychecks at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

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