OAKLAND AIRPORT//LABOR | Earlier this year, investigators for the Port of Oakland determined that some businesses at Oakland International Airport had violated the port's living wage ordinance and had retaliated against employees who had complained. However, as of last week, those businesses had refused to reinstate fired employees or pay them the money they're owed, according to activists for the union Unite Here.
The Express first reported last year about the union's battle with the airport employers and the allegations that the businesses were not paying high-enough wages under port regulations and had failed to provide overtime pay and paid time off. Originally, employees made allegations of wrongdoing against four companies: J.R. Lester & Associates, which operates a See's Candy and an Auntie Anne's outlet at the airport; Almison Restaurants, which operates a Burger King; NNF Grewals LLC, which runs a Subway; and CMC Services, which operates a Jamba Juice franchise...
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Shane Bond is an East Bay Citizen contributor.