The following statement on the suspension of the service workers strikes at LaGuardia, Newark, JFK and Philadelphia International Airport can be attributed to Rob Hill Vice President of 32BJ SEIU:
“With strikes looming at Newark, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia International airports, American Airlines and 32BJ SEIU have entered into last minute discussions. The strike, involving thousands of airport workers employed by American Airlines’ contractors, still looms as the union, American and other stakeholders sit down to talks at 11:00 am today. While the strike is suspended as negotiations get underway, the airport workers are ready to go back on strike should talks fall apart.
“The hundreds of courageous Newark airport workers who walked off the job late Tuesday night will be going back to work Wednesday after an 8:00 am rally this morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.
“Airport workers have been fighting for a living wage and a union for nearly 5 years. They are willing to do whatever it takes to win. If these talks break down, we are prepared to strike at any time.”
With 163,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.