Hundreds of US airport workers begin strike


Hundreds of workers providing curbside and terminal services at three US airports went on strike last night.

Expected to last three days, the strike is anticipated to delay flights for United Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue at JFK International Airport, LaGuardia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Workers involved in the strike include wheelchair attendants, skycaps, baggage handlers, customer service agents, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and shuttle drivers.

The strike aims to demand fairer labour practices from PrimeFlight, which subcontracts services to other airlines. 

"The strike aims to demand fairer labour practices from PrimeFlight, which subcontracts services to other airlines."

Workers at the New York airports will be joined by around 1,400 Philadelphia International Airport employees, who will launch their strike on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the workers voted to join the 32BJ Services Employees International Union (SEIU).

According to the 32BJ SEIU's allegations, PrimeFlight and Prospect are refusing to negotiate a contract with the belief that the National Labor Relations Board will remove the union's rights.

In the last several years, more than 8,000 airport workers in New York have negotiated for better wages, working conditions and benefits through 32BJ.