Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia Issues Statement in Response to United Airlines’ Decision to Outsource Catering Jobs in Houston

July 31, 2021
Press Release
Media Contact: Daniela Campos | daniela.campos@mail.house.gov | 202-227-0330

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, United Airlines announced its decision to proceed with outsourcing catering jobs to a third-party vendor. French company, NewRest, will take over United’s kitchen operations in Houston. This decision means that Houston United Airlines workers could lose the benefits of a union job.

In April 2021, Congresswoman Garcia and Congresswoman Holmes Norton (DC-At Large) sent a letter to the United Airlines CEO, Scott Kirby, requesting that the workers’ jobs be protected, along with their union representation after United announced a proposal to outsource their jobs earlier this year.

During the same month, Congresswoman Garcia also sent a letter to Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen calling for an examination into United Airlines’ proposal to ensure it is consistent with Payroll Support Program guidelines.

Later in May, Congresswoman Garcia joined more Congressional colleagues in a follow-up letter, led by Rep. Donald Payne and Rep. Sires inquiring about United Airlines’ decision.

Statement from Congresswoman Garcia:

“I am deeply disappointed in United Airlines’ decision, to say the least. A consequence of United’s decision will be to bust and undermine these workers’ union. And although United Airlines intends to follow federal assistance requirements of the Payroll Support Program, outlined by Congress, and has assured many Houston workers’ jobs will be protected, this decision could hurt many workers in my district. These workers are not guaranteed their union protections. This is absolutely unacceptable.” said Congresswoman Garcia.

“I look forward to connecting soon with United Airlines’ leadership and NewRest, to make sure they prioritize the rights, well-being, and union protections of Houston workers as they begin their operations,” concluded Garcia.

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent Texas’ 29th Congressional district.