July 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Philadelphia, PA – About 600 people marched from terminal to terminal at Philadelphia International Airport July 19, demanding that nonunion workers at the airport get a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which has been trying to organize the wheelchair attendants, sky caps, aircraft cabin cleaners, and bag handlers who work for airline subcontractors, brought in six busloads of supporters from around the Northeast. “I'm here because security and all employees should have equal pay and equal rights,” said Michael Anderson, a 32BJ member who works in security at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The union says three of the subcontractors—PrimeFlight, Prospect Airport Services, and McGinn Security—have threatened to suspend workers who join a one-day strike during the Democratic National Convention here next week. PrimeFlight has also offered workers $100 gift cards for perfect attendance between July 17th and the 31st. Read more