SOURCE: Unite Here

June 11, 2015 08:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Au Bon Pain Workers at Philadelphia International Airport Stage Informational Picket Line

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - June 11, 2015) -

WHAT: Au Bon Pain, Philadelphia Airport workers and community allies will protest outside PHL. Workers intend to inform customers they are not covered by a union contract.

WHO: 100 employees of PHL's Au Bon Pain restaurants and community allies.

WHEN: 2 EDT, Thursday, June 11.

WHERE: Terminal C Free Speech Area, Philadelphia International Airport, 8000 Essington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153

WHY: Since late last year, Au Bon Pain workers at PHL have asked the company to allow them a fair process -- with a neutrality agreement and free of intimidation -- to decide whether they want to organize a union. As of today, the company has yet to agree to this process.

"The Philadelphia International Airport and the city of Philadelphia are fighting to make PHL jobs, good jobs," said Rev. Gregory Holston, a New Vision United Methodist pastor and member of faith-based group POWER (Philadelphians Organizing to witness empower and rebuild.) "We're going to have the pope visit this year, a pope who speaks out against poverty. We can't have him fly into an airport where people's voices aren't being heard. Underpaid is not the PHL way."

Today's protest comes exactly one month before Au Bon Pain management is scheduled to go to a hearing before an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board to respond to alleged violations of federal labor law. The complaint alleges that the company "has been interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in ... the [National Labor Relations] Act." Au Bon Pain has denied these allegations and the hearing is scheduled for July 15. CEO Susan Morelli is also mentioned in the complaint. Read more.

"I came to the United States, from Algeria looking for the American Dream. I speak 4 languages, and consider myself one of Au Bon Pain's finest employees," said Nacira Mellaz, a cashier with Au Bon Pain at PHL who used work as a biologist before moving to the United States. "After working for this company for over 3 years, I still only make $8.75/hr. I think we deserve better."

UNITE HERE is a union of 270,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries.

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