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July 21, 2015

Workers at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports to go on strike

Security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants at New York's John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports have announced to go on a strike demanding higher wages and health care.

By Srivari Aishwarya

Security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants at New York’s John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports have announced to go on a strike demanding higher wages and health care.

Over 1,000 staff, who are members of 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and employed by Command Security’s subsidiary Aviation Safeguards, will join the strike.

SEIU 32BJ said in a statement: "While the airlines have been making record profits and the Port Authority has approved billions of dollars to modernise LaGuardia airport, the airport workers who make these profits possible are struggling to survive."

"We have plans in place with our customers and the Port Authority, and we don’t anticipate any significant airport operations disruptions."

The union said that Aviation Safeguards has been threatening the workers to fire them for striking.

The employees set to cease work at JFK’s Terminal 7 which serves Delta Airlines, British Airways and United, a unit of United Continental.

They will walk out of the job on Wednesday night and would hold rallies at both the airports for a 24-hour.

Command Security CEO Craig Coy was quoted by Reuters as saying: "We have plans in place with our customers and the Port Authority, and we don’t anticipate any significant airport operations disruptions."

Delta Air Lines is working to take proper measures to ensure that its 35,000 customers booked through LaGuardia are not being hit by the strike.

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