April 10, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA – After four years of protests and organizing, airline contractors’ workers at Philadelphia International Airport have voted overwhelmingly to join Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ.
The workers, including baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, and cabin cleaners, voted 406-58 in favor of the union on the evening of Apr. 4. “They voted to turn more than 1,000 poverty jobs into good jobs,” 32BJ vice-president Gabe Morgan said. “These brave men and women at the airport just went out and did it. Our local economy and communities will be stronger because of the actions of these airport workers.” The union will now represent about 1,400 workers employed by subcontractors hired by airlines for various passenger services. It plans to begin seeking a contract with contractors PrimeFlight and Prospect, SEIU spokesperson Julie Blust said Apr. 5. Mayor Jim Kenney called the vote “a proud moment for our city.” Read more