Wednesday, July 12, 2017
New York airport employees temporarily halt strike as negotiations get underway
By Terence Cullen
The New York (NY) Daily News
The workers' strike began at 9 p.m. Tuesday
Several hundred workers at New York’s three main airports suspended their strike Wednesday, as labor leaders head back to the negotiating table.
"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. "While the strike is suspended as negotiations get underway, the airport workers are ready to go back on strike should talks fall apart."
The 700 employees — which include wheelchair attendants, skycaps and cabin cleaners — work at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.
The workers walked off the job Tuesday night amid an ongoing dispute with employer PrimeFlight Inc.
The company is subcontracted with several airlines at the New York-area airports.
Workers were set to start picketing at a section of LaGuardia's Terminal B starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday.