Strike averted for workers at NYC area airports

Strike averted for workers at NYC area airports

The 700 workers consist of baggage claim handlers, cleaners, customer service agents and offer assistance to those who seek wheelchair assistance at the airport.

KUSA reports as many as 150 behind the scenes employees were planning to walk off their jobs Wednesday at 11:30 protest what they call health and safety issues as well as low pay.

NY air passengers are facing disruption after hundreds of workers at the city's three main airports walked off the job in the midst of a trade dispute.

The workers are in a labor dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for several airlines and are represented by the Service Employees Union.

Organizers have said they will also picket Wednesday at 8 Newark, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports. The workers are alleging unfair labor practices. 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. "These are people whose jobs take them back and forth through security all day".

It wasn't clear how the strike would affect air travel at the airports.