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because i can't access the tip jar until the end of the shift when they decide to unlock it for me and let me have it. on behalf of all the members that you will hear from today, i ask that you continue to support us in this effort to make sure that these employers do the right thing. thank you. good evening supervisors. my name [inaudible]. i have been working at the airport for five years. my concern for hair care and we just increase it.
all the consumption going up and since one-and-a-half year we're waiting for that one and then a hair care too is important for me because i have [inaudible] to do my bid. thank you. you >> good afternoon, board of supervisors. my name is fernando salazar and i've been working at the the airport for two years as a line cook. also i need a group contract with good healthcare because the cost of living has been increasing, as we know, every
single day. i'm looking forward to have a good contract to stay working at the airport. also i need good healthcare for me and my family. also, we need an increment on our retirement pension, i hope it's coming on the contract. healthcare is especially important to me because we have been worker every day at the airport and i need my medical insurance to go and check my health. also, supervisor campos mentioned that people is trapped at the airport so are we, the workers are trapped there taking care of a thousand and thousands of people every day at the
airport and sometimes we are under staffed. so we have to do two, three jobs at the same time because we aud and we are very tired. thank you very much. >> my name is dana jobe and i'm a line cook at the the airport. i've been working there since 1993. i was laid off a few years ago and i was called back to work, but i want to talk about the behavior of the owners. and incident that happened before the strike last week, my boss, one of the owners of mission bar and grill, called myself and two other cooks into her office and started ed talking to us and the
conversation was about healthcare and the thing that really irked the crap out of me was that she brought up the fact that she had spoken to a lawyer and she said that we could be terminated if we went on strike. . how would you feel if you were told that? and we also talked about healthcare and she reiterated what molly had spoken about, freezing the healthcare because they felt they were paying enough it had been brought up in a contract negotiation meeting about bringing an whether or not contributions would be needed and my boss told me that oh, well, the union reneged on that, which is absolutely
false. and one other thing i want to bring up, i'm 65 years old, i have a 12-year-old daughter that my wife and i adopted. how would you feel if you had worked 20 years at the airport, i'm vested for 19 years and your monthly mention is $280. >> thank you very much. sir, can i just ask you, despite the intimidation from the owners, my understanding is that the strike was about 85% successful and your strike vote for the union was about 99% so despite the intimidation local 2 stand strong and there is a really effective voice of the members; is that true? >> we want to be righteous and get a fair and square deal and it's been too long and, you
know, i can just walk away. i have social security, but i care about my coworker who has two jobs working 80 hours a week. that's who i care about, the young kids, and the direction of this city. when i see in stuff happening i feel ashamed. i think we all should be ashamed. >> thank you. p >> thank you. [applause] >> next speaker, please. sp >> my name's [inaudible]. i've been working at the airport for 17 years [inaudible]. we're here to apply for a good contract.
two -- today i hear people working with me and idz hear that all the owners say he doesn't care if we go for strike. they said they make more money because the management is the one who working on their restaurant. yeah, go strike, we don't care because we make more money. we don't care, all the employees, so go ahead, go strike. so it's really matter for us, for me because we work, we go to work, we paz for our own parking. even i'm sick i go to work because we need it. we pay for our own bills, our rent, our house, our kids just to go to work and we don't want to help us for our health benefits. like we're just working just
to pay our bills and extra for our medicals. gentlemen, please, please help us to have a better [inaudible] and i know you have power for all these owners who own or work at the airport. please, sir, help us. thank you. good night. [applause] >> thank you very much, next speaker, please. >> all the supervisors, my name is [inaudible]. i have worked at the airport for four years as a server. i just wanted to say one thing. i really believe [inaudible] they can't afford to give us a good contract and benefits
because thaz're always busy and their prices really high. miff restaurant sell the bottled water is $5.60. how can they not afford benefits. last thing i want to say, supervisor, it is your responsibility to make sure that my coworkers and i are treating fairly. don't let this happen on your watch, please. thank you. [applause] >> good afternoon, my name is anita change. i've been working at the airport 11 years as a cashier. i have work because i need healthcare. i have high blood pleasure and am a diabetic and need the medication to control my unit to survive, but my employer
at the airport want us to pay $350 a month by the last yeerz of our contract. we all cannot afford it to pay the extra 350 a month. besides, i'm paying rent, bills, food and medication. we know this owner, they making money. we want the airport to continue contribution for their healthcare full coverage. thank you. >> thank you very much. and before our next speaker comes up, i do apologize, we have a board rule here where we cannot use applause or vocal expressions for approval or disapproval. perhaps there could be other gestures you use to support each other such as use your fingers. >> my name is [inaudible] i
work at san francisco restaurant airport. we are here today because i want our voices to be heard. we need healthcare badly and i had an accident four years ago and i have to be on doctor care since four years ago and wez work hard -- everybody at the airport works so hard and we want them to help us with the health benefits that we deserve it. so please help, thank you. >> thank you. reminder. thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon supervisors and particularly, supervisor mar and campos for your time, comments and true grasp of
what is at stake here. i'm proud to serve the public at san francisco airport. i just passed my 30 year anniversary and i'm deeply gratified to have served seven times in negotiations. when use pass through sfo, and you said it so well. when you pass through sfo and purchase a snack please pause to consider that the person smiling at you and their spouse are likely both to be working two jobs. this is the true face of clinging on to middle class existence. we as union members will do whatever it takes to ensure that this fragile grasp is not further weakened. we are appealing to a sense
of simple common decency, both on the part of the lessees and those parties that can influence them. and thank you, john martin, he's been a blessing. thank you for your time. >> thank you. next speaker please. >> good evening supervisor, my name is [inaudible]. i work at the airport for 20 years as a cashier at sfo restaurants. i need a good contract with healthcare because i need to be able to go to the doctor when i get sick. the employer can afford to give us a good contract. i know this is because all the company are making good money and penny. the restaurant is always full. i know they making good money, therefore i hopeout guys help lg us.
helping us. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. . >> my name is erika. i've been working at sfo for three years right now. i needed healthcare because of my daughter, but i want you to take a look here to see the people who have been working here for 30 plus years and given their best and don't get respect from the owners. i have want you to know that i have to work two hours for paz for bloody marz mary that costs 15. these people need more respect. everyone here, we are a family and we need to get together and don't let them disrespect us the way they're doing. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is sam, i work in airport 15 year. right now i work in bar and
be fired so we're very scared about we ask the supervisor to help us all employees of sfo need a good contract and would have insurance so we can afford to pay our family insurance. thank you very much. >> thank you, next speaker, please. >> hello, my name is joan, i have worked at the airport a year-and-a-half as a cashier at napa farms market. i need a good contract with healthcare because it is really important for me. . i have two kids. living in the bay area is very expensive and having to spend additional for healthcare is something we cannot afford.
ever since i started working i have given my all, my heart and my soul, not just because i am doing my job, but because i love what i do. the employers can afford to give us a good contract. i know this because they make ha lot of money because our sales have gone up and they are going to open two more restaurants from a different airport. thank you. >> good afternoon, my name is pauline murphy and i have been working at the airport for almost three years now and i'm here to talk about the behaviors of the employers towards us. ever since they heard there will be an up coming strike they have threatened to fire us. in my workplace that most of the employees have not been a
member of the union before and they kept telling us that they're not technically in a contract that they could fire us and they could pinpoint who could go back to work. there was an incident to where one of the union reps told us that we'll be going to the store and talk to the manager and she told him it's okay, i'm not scared because we could really fire you. then during the strike one of my coworkers saw that there was a worker who was actually going to work and we were trying to talk to him about what we were fighting for and one of managers saw him and actually pushed him to get away from us and tell him that don't listen to them, you know, just go to work and then the manager, who said that they saw it reported it to the police and wanted us to tell
them that we are not doing what wez're supposed to do so we're trying to harm our coworkers. thank you. >> next speaker, please. come on up. >> hi, good afternoon. i've been working for [inaudible] diner for seven years, v. i was doing strike on friday and i got [inaudible] they changed my schedule without telling me first. they told me if i don't go to work for the schedule and then i saw on the wall they post if i go -- the employee [inaudible]. they never call me for the changing the schedule. and then the second thing, i need good health benefits because i meet a lot of
people, like a passenger or customer who from all over the world so i need something for protection for me. and then on [inaudible] very good health benefits. the second thing, i have need my employer -- i believe if they play fair we are very happy to work. thank you. >> my name is mike, i'm a [inaudible] i'm here in support of the airport restaurant work eshs ers and i tell you why. it affects all of us as members of local 2. the thing is, enough is
enough, these employers think they're something special and can put their workers in these restaurants have nothing and be nothing. they're their right hands. . the managers don't know nothing. the workers are the ones who make those restaurants operate and the service they perform and work they do, not the managers. the managers treat their workers like they're garbage and that's got to stop right now because enough is enough. these workers deserve good benefits, good healthcare, decent pensions and wages. i've been down there on the picket line for two days and i want these workers know that
we're on their side. i've been to many different picket lines since i've been a member of local 2 since february 23, 1981. i tell you, enough is enough. these people are human beings and have families to support and bills to pay an deserve better than what they're getting and these employers are making good money. enough is enough because those workers are the life blood of those restaurants. >> thank you. thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisor, whoever bosses that are here, r m copping to talk about the
benefits of the -- i work in the airport for two years, i work [inaudible] and i got my medical for the union but on the reason i see -- some new workers, they don't have the medical and then they want -- they make some hours to get the medical. i guess owners, policies and it's my reason i got my medical for the union so i appreciate that, but i really worry about the other workers and we want these jobs, the bosses they can -- they use us -- whatever they use and then they don't need us, they fire us so i don't see that they're right because we want -- we have any of these workers, they have a family to support, bay area or california, it's very expensive. i mean, i really don't know,
but they pay, like, $13 an hour and we work for the airport, we could really make good money because on the prices on the they go up, but the salary is the same. i don't see that's fair because we're working for them, but they don't really care for us. that's my point here to be here to talk about the benefits that we really need and i really care about the healthcare because
>> my name is will burr and i work in airport for ten years and everybody worried about health insurance and i think everybody think about [inaudible] the company we don't have a union right now. we don't have insurance an one girl she work in a company with me, like, two months ago she went to [inaudible] and she didn't have insurance and she got [inaudible] $8,000 and she didn't have no insurance, she get another job to pay the bill because other people they say we work just for pay bills and that is why we need better contract, thank you. >> hello everyone, hi.
i work as an add needed sf o airport about a year ago actually anyway in the badging office and i used to see people -- i meeted and greeted almost 8,000 people coming in and some of these people came into the badging office and i helped them. i saw a high number of terminations. it's a stressful job to work at the airport. it's low wages. some of these contracts are below the city minimum at $11 an hour. they're making maybe 7 or $8 an hour. it's terrible. you can't live in the city if your rent is 500 or $700 a month, how can you live on 10 or $11 an hour? you can't do it. it costs almost $8 to go just one way to bart from san francisco downtown to sfo. it's really terrible for some of these workers.
if you're late in the five minutes, ten minutes you could believe fired a second or third time and it's to no fault of your own. it could be a traffic jam, bart could go down, and you could still get fired so there's a life rate of stress for these workers at hourly wages. i see people get hired and work so hard to get hired and be tossed out once they were late once or twice. you can't live in the city if you make 10 or $11 an hour. i know in because i have to leave the city because i can't get a full-time job with benefits. san francisco is not helping people to stay here. it's helping the big businesses do a merri-go-round and get rid of the older workers in favor of the younger workers. i'm here to speak later on because this will be my