July 16, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA – SEIU Local 32BJ suspended a strike by workers at four major Northeastern airports July 13 pending the outcome of negotiations with American Airlines.
The union cancelled a strike scheduled for 9 a.m. by employees of airline subcontractors at Philadelphia International Airport, and ended one that had begun the night before at Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy airports. “American Airlines and 32BJ SEIU have entered into last-minute discussions,” 32BJ vice president Rob Hill 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 union filed unfair labor practice charges July 11 against Prospect Airport Services and PrimeFlight Aviation Services, subcontractors that employ skycaps, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and baggage handlers at the four airports, alleging that they had refused to bargain a first contract. PrimeFlight employs about 700 32BJ members at the three New York-area airports and 250 in Philadelphia, and about 400 in Philadelphia work for Prospect.
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