Concessionaire contracts are re-awarded periodically, which isn't a problem. What is a problem is that most of the workers in the typically low-wage concession jobs lose those jobs when the airport changes concessionaires. The new concessionaires tend to immediately focusing on cutting expenses, including the labors costs associated with their most experienced workers. This tendency costs those workers their jobs and and ends up costing Phoenix experienced people at the place the most visitors form their first impressions of Arizona.
Info on the airport, its workers, and the economic impact is here.
An official economic impact analysis, courtesy the City of Phoenix, here.
Visitor statistics here (for February 2010) and here (historical data, through 2004), also courtesy the City of Phoenix.
Anyway, on to the meeting -
When: Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Wilson Elementary School, 400 N. 30th St., Phoenix (parking across the street at St. Mark;s Church)
From a flyer on the meeting -
STAND up for the livelihoods of 1000 community members who work at Sky Harbor Airport
STAND in the footsteps of Golden Gate Barrio community members who fought 40 years ago for community integrity and a just airport policy
STAND up for a new social movement for jobs, justice, and government accountability in Metropolitan Phoenix.