UNITE HERE Launches a Consumer Boycott Against the Port

Within days of our story about alleged wage violations at the Oakland Airport, representatives of the AFL-CIO and Oakland-based labor union UNITE HERE Local 2850 redoubled their lobbying efforts by writing a formal letter to the airport’s primary concessionaire contractor, HMSHost, and all of its subtenants. The letter announced a formal consumer boycott at the end of August — i.e., today — to demand that all airport businesses hew to the Port of Oakland’s living wage ordinance, and that an airport Subway franchise also reinstate two employees, Bikram Thapa and Hakima Arhab, who were fired in July, allegedly for union activity. UNITE HERE will officially launch its protest today at 11 a.m., requesting that airport patrons boycott See’s Candies, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, Gordon Biersch, Jamba Juice, Subway, Otaez, Burger King, World Passage Duty Free, Silver Dragon, and Tech Showcase.

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