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JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Employees Walk Off in Labor Dispute

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Jul 12, 2017

http://www.theroot.com/new-yorks-summer ... 1796834331

New York's 'Summer of Hell' Just Got Worse:
JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport Employees Walk Off Job in Labor Dispute
Monique Judge
12 July, 2017

Transportation problems in New York City and surrounding areas just got a bit more complicated. On the heels of subway woes and the official beginning of the “summer of hell,” hundreds of airport workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark walked off their jobs in a labor dispute at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

The 700 employees work for PrimeFlight Inc, a company that subcontracts ground and terminal services at all three New York travel hubs to major airlines including United Airlines, Jet Blue, and American Airlines, according to the New York Daily News. The workers allege Prime Flight has unfair labor practices. They voted to strike earlier this week.

Employees at Newark’s Liberty National Airport started the strike at 9 p.m. with a picket and rally outside Terminal C.

32BJ Service Employees International Union, which represents the 700 striking PrimeFlight Inc. workers, told the Daily News that there will be rolling job actions over the next three days around all three airports, with an action at LaGuardia at 6 a.m on Wednesday and another at JFK at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
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32BJ told the Daily News that PrimeFlight workers voted to strike after months of unsuccessful attempts to collectively bargain a union contract.

32BJ had been able to successfully negotiate better wages, working conditions and benefits for more than 8,000 New York region airport over the past several years, but PrimeFlight Inc. refused to recognize 32BJ as the union’s bargaining representative.

The airport strike adds salt to the fresh wound of New York’s “summer of hell,” the name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given to the massive summer repair project at New York’s Penn Station, which got underway Monday.

According to NPR, Penn Station is the nation’s busiest train station, and an accelerated repair timetable set by its operator, Amtrak, will result in a 20 percent reduction in the number of trains traveling from New Jersey and Long Island, which means tens of thousands of commuters will have to find different ways to get to Manhattan.

New Yorkers have already been complaining about poor subway service in the city.

The airport worker strike/major repair project/already shitty subway service combination in the middle of summer?

Sounds like a recipe for travel disaster.

The summer of hell indeed.

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