Airport Workers Strike Averted!

We are pleased to announce that the voices of 1,200 workers have been heard! In response to the concerns raised by Aviation Safeguards employees at LaGuardia and JFK airports, an agreement has been reached between Aviation Safeguards and 32BJ SEIU. “It’s a great surprise. This means that all our bravery and organizing has paid off. Canceling the strike is acceptable with these terms,” said Juan Chapman an Aviation Safeguards security officer who was planning to go on strike. “When you want something you have to fight for it. Don’t wait for help. You can make it all if you believe.” Under the terms of the signed agreement, Aviation Safeguards will agree to be neutral regarding its employees’ efforts to join 32BJ SEIU and will recognize 32BJ as the employees’ union of choice and agree to bargain a contract, if a majority of employees sign cards authorizing 33BJ to be their union representative through a card check procedure. Organizers believe they have more than enough votes for the union. Union officials said 32BJ intends to win a Port Authority mandate of living wages of at least $15 dollars an hour and affordable health care for all subcontracted airport workers that includes these mandated wages. The Port Authority has stalled on its plan to enhance these workers’ wages and benefits for months now. Negotiations for a union contract are expected to begin this fall. Over the last year airport workers have come together with other low wage workers in the Fight for $15. While the airlines have been making record profits and the Port Authority has approved billions of dollars to modernize LaGuardia airport, the airport workers who make these profits possible are struggling to survive.