Airport Workers Strike

Published: November 19, 2015

Airport Workers Strike, Airport workers demanding $15 an hour have gone on strike at seven major airports in the U.S.
The workers, mostly cabin and airport cleaners, were picketing Thursday morning at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City, as well as airports in Newark, N.J., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, Fl., according to the Service Employees International Union.

The SEIU tweeted videos of workers picketing outside terminals at JFK, Newark, and Philadelphia airports.

At Chicago’s O’Hare airport, more than 14 security workers joined the strike against unfair labor conditions. The employees are not affiliated with TSA — they’re subcontracted through a company called United Security. O’Hare said it knew of the strike in advance and airport operations wouldn’t be affected.

At JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK, the workers brandished signs saying “on strike over unfair labor practices” with the old TWA terminal visible in the background.

The strike was expected to involve thousands of workers, but it was not immediately clear how many were striking.

The union organizing the strikes, the SEIU, said Thursday morning that it was too soon to know what kind of effect the work stoppage was having on airport operations.

The workers are subcontracted by outside companies to work with various airlines, including JetBlue (JBLU), Delta (DAL) and United (UAL). They’re striking for new contracts, which include medical benefits and hourly wages of $15 an hour.

Outside #JFK @JetBlue Terminal 5, airport workers are demanding justice. Will you stand with them? #Strike4Families pic.twitter.com/2VS-EX-ksBuxT

— 32BJ SEIU (@32BJ_SEIU) November 19, 2015

In Fort Lauderdale, cabin and airport cleaners were to be joined by baggage handlers, ramp workers, wheelchair attendants, and janitors.

Picket lines started forming Wednesday outside airport terminals.

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