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Airport Workers Fast For A Living Wage

November 24, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

A LaGuardia Airport worker signs up for public assistance at a June rally.

New York, NY - Struggling airport workers waiting for the multibillion dollar airline industry to catch up with the rest of the Fight for $15 movement have begun pre-Thanksgiving fasts in 14 cities across the country to protest chronically low-wages that keep many baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, security officers and others on public assistance. 


Contract Workers Strike at Seven Airports

November 24, 2015
By Steve Wishnia

About 2,000 workers at seven U.S. airports staged a one-day strike Nov. 18-19, protesting low wages and unfair labor practices. Plane cleaners, baggage handlers, and other workers employed by subcontractors walked out at Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York, Newark Liberty, Chicago O'Hare, Boston, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale airports.

Access-A-Ride Strike Talk Cools Down

November 23, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Access-A-Ride vans will keep rolling as talks progress.

New York, NY - A paratransit strike affecting Access-A-Ride passengers throughout the city appears far less likely this week following another positive meeting between the head of the union representing call center dispatchers in Queens, and Global Contracting Services [GCS] chief Gregory Alcorn. 

Transit Workers, MTA Urged To Beef Up Vigilance In Wake Of Attacks & ISIS Video

November 20, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

The head of the TWU is calling for stepped up security.

New York, NY - Both mass transit workers and the MTA are being urged to increase their vigilance against possible terror attacks this week in the wake of recent events in Paris, France and a new ISIS video threatening New York City.  

Access-A-Ride Strike On Hold Pending Further Talks

November 17, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

An Access-A-Ride strike has been put into neutral for now.

Brooklyn, NY - The looming Access-A-Ride strike involving more than 500 call center workers in Queens, has been put on hold this week pending the outcome of a Friday meeting between Transportation Workers Union [TWU] President John Samuelsen and Gregory Alcorn, head of the paratransit system’s North Carolina-based contracting service. 

Grand Rapids Bus Drivers’ Pension Battle Continues

November 16, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The 300 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 who drive city buses in Grand Rapids, Michigan, continue to fight to keep their pensions from being converted to a 457 defined-contribution plan, the public-sector version of a 401(k).

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