Port of Oakland

SEIU 1021

Port of Oakland Custodians Speak Out About the Understaffing Making the Airport Unsafe for Passengers and Workers
“What do we want? We want to be safe! What do we want? We want YOU safe!”

On Wednesday, April 14, dozens of custodians at Oakland International Airport held an informational picket to call out chronic understaffing that is leaving crucial sanitation work undone and creating unsafe conditions. The custodians picketed and hung a banner over 880 to call attention to the issues they have been facing for more than a year.


Oakland Airport Custodians Bring Their Safety and Staffing Demands Straight to the Boss
“Know one thing: Custodians are essential!”

Custodians are standing together to demand an end to understaffing and improved safety in the workplace at Oakland’s International Airport.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning high-traffic areas absolutely cannot be compromised on, but understaffing is making that impossible at the airport. As Jo’Ell Thompson, a custodian at the Oakland Airport for ten years, said, “We are cleaning contaminated areas, where people who are known to be infected have been, but we’re understaffed and unable to keep the airport properly cleaned.”


Sign Our Online Petition

In a global pandemic, the health and safety of airport workers should be the highest priority. 

But the Port of Oakland custodians are understaffed and conditions are unsafe: areas of the airport are not being properly disinfected, and workers are being injured. 

This is unacceptable. We the undersigned demand immediate action from Port of Oakland management so we can have a properly staffed, safe working environment and an airport that is clean and safe for passengers.