Bob Lynch has worked at the airport for 20 years, but was laid off this week after his employer, the Terminal 2 foodservice provider Delaware North, walked away from their contract with the airport—giving their employees only 10 days notice. Bob describes feeling “devastated” when he got the bad news. “What are we going to do now? I have my house and everything.”
Now, Bob is fighting to make sure that when a new foodservice provider is selected they commit to re-hiring him and his co-workers at their current wage and benefit levels before they hire people with no airport experience. The reason they should pay us our same salaries is that “we’ve been there so long, we know the people. … There’s one couple from Seattle… they’ve sent me Christmas cards a few years.”
Bob wants to tell the City Council and Airport Administration to “get us back to work because we have families to support. It’s only right that we stay working,” and earn our same wages.
As the airline industry recovers from a global economic crisis, airports are changing rapidly to compete for business, and Sky Harbor is working aggressively to stay ahead of the curve. Changes that will inarguably affect workers, such as the remodel of Terminal 3 and the closure of Terminal 2, present opportunities for the City and Airport administration to stay ahead of the curve—in how workers are treated.
As he heads out the office door, he turns to say with a smile, “with my luck, I’ll file for unemployment, and then they’ll call us back.”