PHOENIX — Restaurant workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will strike beginning Monday, 15 apartments and homes are being added to Tempe’s list of permanently affordable rental housing units, and an Arizona man has been found guilty of threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.


Strike of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport restaurant workers to begin Monday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport restaurant workers will strike beginning Monday and lasting through Nov. 29 after union members overwhelmingly voted in favor of a work stoppage last week.

HMSHost, which operates 12 concessions brands at Sky Harbor, including Starbucks, Chelsea's Kitchen, Olive & Ivy, SanTan Brewing and Zinburger, in an email said the union informed them on Saturday the strike would begin this week.

The concessions operator said it is doing whatever it takes to minimize inconvenience over a busy holiday season, with Thanksgiving travel this week expected to return to near pre-pandemic levels.

HMSHost said it has supplemented services with managers, temporary employees and associates from the company's other locations, in addition to increasing pre-packaged food items and self-pay stations.


Tempe increases permanent affordable rental housing units by 15 to 100

Tempe officials are adding 15 apartments and homes to its list of permanently affordable rental housing units for individuals and families in the area.

The additional apartments and homes will bring the total numbers of affordable housing units in Tempe to 100, as the city hopes to ensure there is a variety of housing types for those seeking to live there.

The units range from small apartments to large 5-bedroom homes, according to a press release.


Arizona man found guilty for threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said a Bullhead City man on Thursday was found guilty for threatening to kill Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Steven A. Martis, 77, was charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat to kill or him Pelosi, according to a statement released Friday.

Authorities said on January 17, Martis left two voicemails to Pelosi from his Bullhead City home.

He left messages that threatened, "I'm coming to kill you…" and "You're dead…" according to the statement.


Vaccine is 'safest' way to prevent spread of holiday COVID-19 bump, health expert says

As COVID-19 cases in Arizona continue to trend upward, a local health expert said Friday the safest way to prevent the disease is to get vaccinated.

"It's the holidays so people are starting to come inside, be close together and so on, so we expect there's going to be a bump," Dr. Richard Carmona, senior advisor to Ducey on public health emergency and former Surgeon General of the United States, told KTAR News 92.3 FM's Gaydos and Chad.

He added the surge would "take us out probably into the spring time, so the best thing we can do is practice those mitigation strategies as much as possible, and most importantly, get vaccinated."


Ducey allots $400K to provide newborn ICUs with CPR training kits

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday has made $400,000 in federal funding available to provide local newborn intensive care units with CPR training kits.

The funds will go to the American Heart Association, which will collaborate with neonatal intensive care units in Maricopa County hospitals in an effort to reach at least 5,000 families per year with Infant CPR Anytime Kits, according to a press release.

The kits — funded through the American Rescue Plan Act — are expected to have the resources needed to teach parents CPR and infant choking relief in approximately 20 minutes and will be used by NICUs to teach the skills to new parents.