Hundreds of Workers to Strike Today Over Low Pay at Busy U.S. Airport

By Sahid Fawaz

Employees at Boston’s airport have had it and are refusing to work until management addresses their issues.

Boston Magazine reports:

“Hundreds of employees at Logan Airport plan to strike starting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and have no plans to stop.

Cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, skycaps, and wheelchair attendants who say they have been threatened for union organizing are protesting low pay and intimidating behavior, according to MassLive. The strike will likely be one of the largest labor demonstrations at Logan in recent years, and workers told the Boston Globe that anti-union aggression increased over the weekend after they voted to authorize a protest.

The strikers are employed by the JetBlue subcontractors FSS and ReadyJet, but the airline, which runs the largest operation at Logan, told the Globe that flight service will remain normal. Pilots, gate agents, and other JetBlue employees are not striking, and the airline told the Globe that FSS and ReadyJet are gearing up with extra staff to minimize disruption.

Last week, Mayor Marty Walsh affirmed his support for the employees, who want to be represented by the Service Employees International Union. At a rally, Walsh told the strikers that protesting is ‘your right as American workers,’ according to the Globe. The Boston Teachers Union also affirmed its support for the airport employees on Wednesday morning.”

For the rest of the article, visit Boston Magazine here.

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