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Airline food workers at MSP vote to authorize strike

Airline food workers at MSP vote to authorize strike Photo: KSTP

June 14, 2019 12:26 PM

Workers responsible for preparing and delivering the food served on-board Delta flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have joined their counterparts at a number of airports around the country in voting to strike when released by the National Mediation Board, a release from UNITE HERE Local 17 said.

The workers are employed by LSG Sky Chefs, one of the world's largest airline and rail catering and hospitality companies, according to its website.

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They are members of UNITE HERE Local 17, the hospitality workers' union whose members include over 1,200 workers at MSP.

The union said 99.7 percent of airline food workers at the airport voted in favor of striking Wednesday.

Negotiations remain ongoing.

Airport spokesperson Patrick Hogan said if a strike occurs, it would impact in-flight meals, but not food service on the ground in the airport itself.

"All our concessions will remain open," he said via email. "Each airline no doubt has a contingency plan for in-flight meals, but I would have to defer to them regarding what they plan to do should a strike occur."

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