Unite Here Local 2 Refuses To Extend Restaurant Contract at SFO Airport

February 24, 2011 – In The News
San Francisco Sentinel

Local 2 Unite Here has refused to sign a new three-year contract with the restaurants at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the midst of contract negotiations. “SFO restaurants had hoped for fair, efficient and effective labor negotiations,” said David Faustman. “The owners are disappointed that union leaders are unwilling to extend the contract to allow for peaceful negotiations and to assure travelers there will be no disruption in food service.”

Though the SFO Airport Restaurant Employer Council (AREC) and Local 2 had agreed to extend the contract through Jan. 31, the union has now refused a request to extend the deadline to allow stability in negotiations. Since the contract expired there have been multiple negotiation sessions, and the union is now demanding wage and benefit increases of more than $4 an hour over the term of the new contract.

“The union’s position is completely unrealistic,” said Faustman. “AREC members are fair employers and value their employees. We need the union to show common sense and negotiate for the benefit of everyone. Four restaurants closed their doors in December at SFO. Several more will be closing soon.”