HANOVER, Md. - BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport was the site of two separate protests on Thursday.
Just three weeks after a May 1 picket at the airport, BWI Hudson News workers participated in a one-day strike, over frustration as contract negotiations enter into their seventh month.
Workers voted on May 13 to strike. Hudson News is the only unionized workplace at the airport, and employees are members of UNITE HERE Local 7. In addition to fair wage increases, Hudson workers are calling for decent benefits, a fair overtime policy, and job security.
At the same time, HMSHost employees participated in a separate picket line-the latest in those workers' ongoing effort to ensure a fair process to join a union. The HMS Host workers didn’t strike, but picketed over their desire to join UNITE HERE Local 7. HMSHost operates and employs workers at several airport restaurants, including Starbucks and Phillip's Seafood.