Porter addressed attendees and met with union members.
LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, December 19, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA), candidate for U.S. Senate in California, joined the Association of Flight Attendants – Communications Workers of America (AFA-CWA) at Los Angeles International Airport for a picketing event, calling on Alaska Airlines to provide its employees with a fair contract.
Over one hundred flight attendants, pilots, and other airline employees and AFA-CWA members participated in the event. Porter, who has earned national recognition for taking on powerful special interests in Washington, gave remarks and met with union members to hear their stories directly.
“Oversight is the most powerful tool we have to unrig our economy, support organized labor, and fight for workers’ rights everywhere,” Porter told the crowd. “Because – as we all know – the fact that you even have to picket for basic necessities like a fair wage and quality benefits is emblematic of what’s wrong with our economy nowadays — an economy that values the whims of the rich and powerful over the visceral and visible needs of workers. You shouldn’t have to fight this hard for a good contract!”
In October, Rep. Porter wrote to Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Miniucci demanding he negotiate with the union in good faith and agree to a contract to help families. AFA-CWA’s most recent contract with Alaska Airlines was last updated in 2014.
Katie Porter is running for the U.S. Senate to represent all Californians and unrig the Washington status quo. In poll after poll, Porter is the only candidate who consistently advances to a general election, finishing first or second in all surveys released to date of California voters likely to participate in the March 2024 primary. Porter also has a commanding lead over her Democratic opponents among younger voters, Latino voters, and progressives, all groups expected to turn out in high numbers in 2024.