A group of 85 retail concessions workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota have won their first contract that provides affordable health insurance, more vacation time and other improvements.
The workers voted to join Local 970 last year, and their contract language was recently finalized and went into effect.
"The health insurance is very good and affordable," said Fantahun Chane Embiale, a steward who has worked at the company, Delaware North, for about three and a half years. "Everyone is happy to be Teamsters."
"The workers wanted affordable health insurance, more vacation time, fair pay and fair treatment, and this contract addresses those issues," said Scott Gelhar, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 970 in Minneapolis.
"The workers were also tired of management's broken promises over the years," said Mike Kuta, Local 970 President. "This group of workers join 80 Local 970 members who work at Hudson News and duty-free shops at the airport."