LaGuardia, Newark And JFK Workers Call Off Strike

  • LaGuardia, Newark And JFK Workers Call Off Strike

LaGuardia, Newark And JFK Workers Call Off Strike

"With strikes looming at Newark, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia International airports, American Airlines and 32BJ SEIU have entered into last minute discussions", Rob Hill, vice president of 32BJ Service Employees International Union, said in a statement.

PrimeFlight employees had created a package of demands covering wages and working conditions to bring to the negotiating table, but the company refused to meet with them, it is reported.

Seven hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three New York-area airports are going on strike. The strikers are focused on solidifying their right to organize and starting a conversation about fairer hours and wages, officials said. The workers, employed through the airline's contractors PrimeFlight Airline Service and Prospect Aviation Services, were planning to hit the picket lines at 11:30 a.m., remaining until 6:30 p.m.

Workers will start leaving their jobs at 9 a.m., said Julie Blust, spokeswoman for SEIU Local 32BJ, which represents 1,400 people at the airport. Since 2005, its total settlements and penalties for such violations exceed $3.3 million. A federal judge finally had to order PrimeFlight to bargain, but the company still walked out of negotiations, union officials said.