Service workers, including cleaners, security officers, and baggage handlers, are on strike today at several major U.S. airports, demanding higher pay and better safety measures.
As many as 2,000 workers walked off the job last night at Seattle’s Sea-Tac, Chicago’s O'Hare, Boston’s Logan, New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia, New Jersey’s Newark, Philadelphia’s International, Washington D.C.’s Reagan National, and Fort Lauderdale airports, according to the Service Employees International Union.
The 24-hour strike is calling for a $15 minimum wage and union rights. In the wake of last week’s terror attack at a Brussels airport, workers also are demanding better emergency preparedness training.
American, Delta, United, and JetBlue airlines told Reuters the strike is not expected to disrupt flights.