Baggage handlers, cabin cleaners strike at Denver airport

Joy Montgomery
July 13, 2017

The strikes were suspended Wednesday morning at LaGuardia, Newark, JFK and Philadelphia airports after American Airlines agreed to enter contract negotiations with workers. A spokesperson for 32BJ Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, said rallies were still planned in support of their cause.

Baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and employees who provide wheelchair services to travelers at Denver International Airport walked off the job at 4 a.m. Wednesday, but it remains unclear whether passengers will be affected.

In April, these employees voted to affiliate with SEIU, and the National Labor Relations Board approved the election.

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The strikes will have a noticeable effect on all three airports, Paye said, and the company will have a hard time replacing the workers for the duration.

It is not clear exactly how the strike will affect air travel at the airports. Workers will also strike against G2 and AirServ.

According to The Associated Press, airport workers at Newark Liberty International Airport did walk off the job in protest Tuesday night due to a labor dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, which is a subcontractor for several airlines.

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