HMSHost and UNITE HERE Local 1 Reach Contract Agreement at O’Hare

HMSHost and UNITE HERE Local 1 Reach Contract Agreement at O’Hare

For Immediate Release

Media contacts:

 UNITE HERE Local 1:                        HMSHost:
Noah Carson-Nelson                        Eric Herman
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CHICAGO, IL — UNITE HERE, Local 1 and HMSHost today announced the ratification of a collective bargaining agreement covering more than 1,300 associates who work in the domestic terminals as baristas, bartenders, and in other food and beverage services in Chicago O’Hare International Airport . The term of this agreement extends through June 30, 2021. The contract includes wage increases for all associates and options for continued access to HMSHost’s health-care plans or enrollment in UNITE HERE Health, expanding healthcare choices for workers.

HMSHost O’Hare workers will earn wages equal to or higher than those laid out by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s executive order regarding City of Chicago concessions contractors, ensuring that employment in restaurants at O’Hare offer pathways to long-term careers.

“The advances made in this contract reflect a joint effort between HMSHost and the Union,” said Karen Kent, President of UNITE HERE Local 1. “Chicago City Council recently approved an $8.5 billion investment in O’Hare Airport. We are proud that that O’Hare will be a gold standard airport in our world-class city. We all look forward to a new era at O’Hare, as Chicago attracts more and more visitors and our members continue to be some of the first faces to welcome travelers in Chicago.”

“This new agreement reinforces HMSHost’s commitment and investment in our associates, and it clearly sets us apart as the employer of choice at O’Hare. HMSHost values its associates and their dedication to providing the best possible experience for the travelers at O’Hare day in and day out,” stated Laura E. FitzRandolph, HMSHost Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. “We look forward to working with the union to ensure that together, we provide the best possible experience for travelers.”

“We salute both UNITE HERE Local 1 and HMSHost on this landmark agreement,” said Bob Reiter, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor. “This is a watershed moment for O’Hare. The historic investment in the infrastructure of O’Hare cements our status as a City second to none. And this new contract is an investment in the hardworking Chicagoans who are the heart of one our city’s greatest economic engines.”

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

About UNITE HERE Local 1
UNITE HERE Local 1 represents about 3,700 food service workers at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway International Airports, including more than 1,300 Starbucks baristas, restaurant servers, cooks, other food and beverage concessions workers who are employed by HMSHost at O’Hare. Learn more about Local 1 at,, and on Twitter at @UNITEHERELocal1.