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During strike, Phoenix Sky Harbor concession workers could walk off the job at any time

After voting to strike Friday, concession workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport could now walk off the job at any time.

Victoria Stahl is with UNITE HERE Local 11, the labor union that represents them. She said SSP America, which employs hundreds of airport workers, has yet to come to the table.

“Workers are fighting for better wages, they’re fighting for more affordable health insurance, and a pension so they can retire in dignity,” Stahl said.

Stahl also said SSP has also engaged in practices like unlawful surveillance.

So far, the company has not responded to requests for comment.

According to the labor union, 98% of SSP America employees voted to strike. SSP America employs over 400 airport workers, including cashiers, cooks and bartenders at places such as Dunkin’ Donuts and Four Peaks Brewing Company in the airport.

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Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.