NY airport employees temporarily halt strike as negotiations get underway

Workers Strike at New York Area Airports Suspended

The workers voted to walk out Tuesday night over what they described as "unfair labor practices" but called off the strike early Wednesday morning.

United, American and JetBlue flights will be impacted if the strike resumes.

A total of 700 wheelchair attendants, skycaps, baggage handlers, customer service agents, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and shuttle drivers left their posts at JFK, La Guardia and Newark at 9pm on Tuesday.




Union workers at the Newark, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia airports suspended strikes while contract talks continue, the Associated Press reported. "While the strike is suspended as negotiations get underway, the airport workers are ready to go back on strike should talks fall apart".

The strike is part of a larger nationwide effort for better conditions and pay in airport jobs. Many PHL workers including maintenance staff, janitors, and employees who work directly for airlines belong to labor unions. Clint Smith, eastern vice president for Prospect Airport Services, which employs about 400 workers, had no comment, nor did Bill Stejskal, PrimeFlight's senior vice president for human resources.

The job action is expected to last for three days.

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