MEDIA ADVISORY for Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Contact: Diana Hussein [email protected], 313-460-3119

Airport workers advance campaign to raise DIA minimum wage to $15

DIA workers to deliver over 17,000 signatures to place $15 minimum wage measure on May 2019 citywide ballot on the same day 2,700 United Airlines catering workers announce results of union election

WHAT: A coalition led by low-wage workers at Denver International Airport (DIA) will deliver over 17,000 signatures to the Denver Elections Division to qualify the Denver Airport Minimum Wage Initiative for the May 2019 citywide ballot. The measure would raise the minimum wage at DIA to $15 by 2021. This coincides with the announcement of the results of a union election for 2,700 United Airlines catering workers, including 550 from Denver.

WHO: DIA workers, United Airlines catering workers, unions, community members

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4 PM

WHERE: Denver Elections Division, 200 W 14th Ave, Suite #100, Denver, CO 80204

WHY:

Currently, over 6,000 Denver airport workers make less than $15 an hour, 33 percent of whom earn minimum wage. Some longtime United Airlines catering employees make less than $12 an hour despite two decades on the job.

In qualifying for the May 2019 citywide ballot, voters will be given a chance to add DIA to a growing list of peer airports in the U.S. who’ve adopted minimum wages to enhance employment stability, quality of service, safety and security. Denver’s 550 United catering workers are among about 2,700 in five cities expected to vote in favor of joining UNITE HERE and immediately begin negotiating a first contract.

VISUALS: DIA workers delivering boxes of 17,000 signatures, “$15 for DIA” banners

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UNITE HERE is a union with 300,000 members in North America in the food service, hotel and gaming industries. It represents 45,000 employees in the airport concessions and airline catering industries at over 75 airports in the U.S. and Canada, including over 1,000 workers at Denver International Airport.