June 12, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Franciso, CA – Airline food contractor LSG Sky Chefs failed to pay 136 workers at San Francisco International Airport the minimum wage, UNITE HERE charged in a report issued June 8.
As of April 1, the union said, the company—which provides food to airlines including American, JetBlue, and Lufthansa—was paying them less than the $14.14 an hour required for some airport contractors. The airport is investigating the allegations. “I deserve to make the airport’s minimum wage,” said Miguel Sobalvarro, a cook who said he was being paid $14 an hour. LSG Sky Chefs told the San Francisco Chronicle in an email that the wages were set under a union contract it negotiated in 2016, and is thus exempt from the city’s minimum-wage law. UNITE HERE also filed complaints June 7 alleging minimum-wage violations by the company at airport kitchens in Denver and San Diego. In Denver, it said, the lowest-paid LSG Sky Chefs workers were getting $8.80 an hour, despite Colorado raising its minimum wage to $9.30 on Jan. 1. In San Diego, where the minimum wage is $11.50, seven workers said they were getting only $10.95. Read more