LOS ANGELES – UNITE HERE Local 11, the airline catering workers’ union, joined by a coalition of environmental organizations, called a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4 yesterday, where LSG Sky Chefs’ largest client, American Airlines, operates.
According to a study in the journal Atmospheric Environment, global air travel and transport is 1 responsible for 3.5% of climate change from human activities. The airline industry must combat the existential crisis of climate change.
American Airlines has begun other initiatives to combat climate change but does not appear to consider the impacts of its catering contractor, LSG Sky Chefs, in its own environmental assessment. Over the past 10 years, American Airlines PAC (AA PAC) has contributed over $600,000 to Republican Congressional candidates who have made statements denying the impact of human activity on climate change, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress.
UNITE HERE Local 11 was joined by prominent environmental organizations, including Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, NRDC, California Environmental Voters, Plastic Pollution Coalition, and Sunrise Movement Los Angeles in sending an open letter calling on American Airlines to: 1) consider the operations of its airline catering contractor in its ESG report, 2) commit to reducing 90% of single use plastics from its flight and catering operations, and 3) stop donating to politicians who have denied climate change.