08.28.2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 27, 2009) – Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a world leader in airport food, beverage and retail, announced today it has entered into a national agreement with longstanding union partner Unite Here. This new national agreement covers Delaware North workers at the majority of its U.S. airport locations. The contract was ratified by an overwhelming 98-percent majority of the voters.

Matt King, president of Travel Hospitality Services, stated, “I am pleased we have an agreement, not to mention one that so many of our employees support. That tells me the system is working and that we’re meeting the needs of our employees and guests. Here in Chicago, we have strong support from the local union, which has given Delaware North a strong endorsement. With this behind us, we continue to look forward to the opportunity to bring our unique brand of award-winning travel hospitality to Chicago O’Hare.”

Henry Tamarin, President of Unite Here Local 1 in Chicago, stated "Unite Here supports Delaware North in bringing their airport business to Chicago O'Hare. Delaware North is the only airport concessionaire with a national contract covering all its airport operations. Delaware North and Unite Here just signed a new national contract that received overwhelming support from Unite Here members."
“Delaware North Companies has had an excellent, multi-decade union relationship with Unite Here. This new agreement solidifies the choice of our employees and the strategic direction of our operations,” concluded King.
About Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the world’s leading airport food service and retail companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in more than 25 airports worldwide, and serving more than 350 million customers each year. Its award-winning operations include airports throughout the United States such as Los Angeles International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, as well as international airports such as Melbourne International Airport in Australia and Gatwick International Airport in London.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

Contact(s)

Glen White
Manager-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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