Baggage handlers, service workers plan strike at DIA

by Jared Lewis July 13, 2017, 0:22
Baggage handlers, service workers plan strike at DIA

A total of 700 wheelchair attendants, skycaps, baggage handlers, customer service agents, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and shuttle drivers left their posts at JFK, La Guardia and Newark at 9pm on Tuesday.

The workers going on strike are employees of independent contractors hired by the airlines to perform passenger services.

"The company is telling them they'll be fired for organizing or the company will change the schedules of those involved in leadership", said Amity Paye, a spokeswoman for 32BJ SEIU, which is helping the group to form a union.

A strike has been averted for hundreds of workers at Kennedy, Laguardia and Newark Airports.

Workers at Denver International Airport are planning to join those at other airports across the country in protesting against three private contracting companies Wednesday.

Travel was also affected at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY, as well as airports in Philadelphia and Washington because of walkouts. Many PHL workers including maintenance staff, janitors, and employees who work directly for airlines belong to labor unions.

The workers' strike began at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

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The job action is expected to last for three days.


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