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Protest at SeaTac --Workers Right To Organize

Sky Chef (Lufthansa) management held a meeting with labor, met them with INS, arrests ensued.


We are not endorsing any work stoppage
WA State Jobs with Justice
Protest at SeaTac Airport
Immigrant Workers Right To Organize
Saturday, July 27th 9:30 AM

Meet at Metro Bus Stop, South End of Airport near baggage claim.

During union bargaining with HERE, Sky Chef management conspired to hold a phony employee meeting, disguise Immigration agents (INS) in Sky Chef uniforms, and arrest union members on company property. All of the arrested union members are Latino or Asian, had worked up to 10 years for Sky Chef, and many are now separated from their young children and spouses. Neither the INS nor Sky Chef claim that arrested workers pose any real security threat. Sky Chef workers make airplane meals, which are subject to an independent and thorough security check. Sky Chef is a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

"We all have a right to a voice at work and we will not let port employers use disguised federal agents to silence us." - Cathy Malia Lowenberg, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-Seattle, AFL-CIO
We demand of Port Employers:

Stop attacks on workers' right to organize under the excuse of national security and "Operation Tarmac"

No lies to employees about immigration procedures

No cooperation with INS beyond that required by law, including bringing INS agents on company property without a warrant signed by a federal judge

Immediate notice to employees' unions of any INS audits or raids

Directions: Metro 194 bus downtown Seattle (3rd & Union bus tunnel) at 9:04am and arrives at 9:35am. Cost is $1.25 exact change one-way, or all-day-pass for $2.50. Buses depart airport to downtown every half hour. For bus info, go to:  http://transit.metrokc.gov/bus/schedules. For more info call JwJ at 206-441-4969.

Endorsed by:
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-Seattle,
United Food & Commercial Workers 1001, International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 19,
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters,
Teamsters 763,
Out Front Labor Coalition/Pride At Work,

Lutheran Public Policy of WA State,
Casa Latina,
American Friends Service Committee,
Refuse & Resist-Seattle,
Hate Free Zone Campaign of WA,
Not In Our Name Project-Seattle.

State Rep. Velma Veloria (11th),
Sen. Adam Kline (37th),
State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (37th)

We are not endorsing any work stoppage
PI Article 26.Jul.2002 11:49


Seattle PI article from May 25 on the INS labor sting at Seatac ... which happened on May 21, 2002.