SFO restaurant workers: Our wages are too low to survive in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino workers were a part of the estimated 1,000 restaurant workers at San Francisco International Airport who went on a two-day strike last week.

They say their wages are too low to survive in the Bay Area.

“My bedroom costs $,1800 a month and it’s small,” said Agnes Formento, a 14-year restaurant worker at SFO. “That’s why we’re having a hard time now. That’s why we’re fighting for contracts, so we could be given a higher wage.”

“What I’m making is not enough for my family’s needs, especially for my kids,” said Efcee Conde, a one year restaurant worker at SFO. “I have one girl and one boy. Our expenses for their school are big so we need a raise.”

The strike affected 55 restaurants representing more than 80 percent of food and beverage sales at SFO.

“The purpose of this limited strike was to send a serious message to these employers that we’re very serious about wanting a fair contract, one that protects worker jobs and addresses healthcare in the future,” said Anand Singh, Food Service Director and Lead Negotiator for Local 2.

Workers are afraid of losing their jobs since restaurants tend to relocate and open positions to new workers. Also, the workers say that their employer’s final proposal offered no additional money for health coverage.

Balitang America has reached out to SFO and according to Public Information Officer Doug Yakel, 80 percent of restaurants were open during the strike.

Balitang America also reached out to the restaurant owners and they said in a phone conversation that they are continuing to bargain with the workers hoping to find a new resolution by the end of the day.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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  • PRP
    15 December 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    If you quit your job, the illegal will grab it….Blame yourself,…you supported, illegal alien and Obamacare. Relocate to a GOP controlled State, they pay less taxes and cost of living is lower, try Houston, its where most Pinoys are going.

  • Kenikeni
    16 December 2014 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Go back to school and get a degree. May Financial Aid naman.

  • Mario
    16 December 2014 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Afraid of losing your job, the illegals are ready to grab you job.Blame your parents or yourself, they voted Democrats who were in favor for the illegals and Obamacare. Expensive Obamacare will kill the business, your employer are waiting for the new 5 million illegals with work permit and willing to accept,$ 5/hour. You will be replace by 3 part time illegal. Plan to relocate to a Republican controlled State, the cost of living and taxes is lower, your family has more chance to survive.

  • Delia
    17 December 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Go ahead and Keep demanding wages , soon you’ll find yourself with no jobs . Illegals are here to take jobs for any wage they can . Small business owners are keyed up not hiring or closing down their business rather than paying a high wages.

    Construction business knows where to find those illegals to work for them for lower pay. All they have to do is go infront parking lot at Home Depot or Lowe’s and illegals are there waiting for anyone to pick them up for a day job.

    So Yeah! once the illegals get their permit to work , your laid off and replaced for cheaper salary.