Sky Harbor workers’ union on strike calls for federal inquiry

The union that represents HMSHost workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport workers who have been on strike since Monday announced on Wednesday that it is calling for a federal investigation into alleged racial pay differentials among its employees.

Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents more than 32,000 hospitality workers in Arizona and Southern California, said it had requested the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate “significant differences in hiring, promotion and compensation along racial lines.”

The union said it filed a 13-page complaint alleging, in part, that black workers earned an average of 67% of white workers’ total income in 2019 and that Latinx workers took home an average of 78% of white workers’ total income. names.

The calculations were made based on company data for employees whose race or ethnicity and pay information was provided, the union said, adding that additional disparities were found and “continued through the pandemic”.

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