“American Airlines is making billions of dollars in profit and they are doing it on the backs of these workers,” said Preston Strickland, a catering worker at DFW Airport.
The Unite Here union that represents catering workers said more than half of LSG Sky Chef catering workers make less than $11.35 an hour.
Led by a police escort, protesters marched and chanted, then briefly blocked the Trinity and Post Oak boulevards intersection before marching on nearby sidewalks. The group also blocked the entrance to American Airlines’ headquarters and that’s where the arrests took place.
The arrests were coordinated with the Forth Worth Police Department in advance, said spokesman Jimmy Pollozani. Protesters briefly blocked the street and were met by Fort Worth bike officers. The protesters then stood up and were escorted to a police van.
The arrested protesters were taken to a local fire hall, arraigned by a magistrate and given civil citations of $369 for obstructing traffic, he said.
“Obviously, there was a lot of planning that went into this,” Pollozani said.
Pollozani said all 58 protesters peacefully submitted to the police. Citations were not criminal and “more like a traffic violation,” he said. The union planned to pay fines for those arrested.