On Friday, March 15, nearly 100 workers and community members picketed at the San Jose Airport. They were protesting the Hudson News company, which employs over 40 union members at the airport. Unite Here! Local 19, which represents those members, has been negotiating with the company for 19 months without reaching an agreement for a first contract. The Hudson employees are demanding a fair contract that includes good health care coverage.
“The company said they only want to make money, not share it with us,” said Herminia Pecho, a Hudson retail sales associate. “That's why they are unwilling to provide us health care as good as the other two union employers at San Jose Airport, HMS Host and Areas. But we are the ones doing all the work for them to have clean stores and happy customers. What we want is equality.”