UPDATED STRIKES AT NEW YORK AREA AIRPORTS SUSPENDED

Posted on 07/12/2017 | About New York City, New York

UPDATED Seven hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three New York-area airports who were either on, or were going on strike have suspended those actions. The airport workers at Newark Liberty International Airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. Tuesday in a labour dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for several airlines.

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The workers are alleging unfair labour practices. They're being represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

A spokeswoman for the union says the workers plan to strike John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport Wednesday morning. Philadelphia International Airport also is targeted.

The job actions will continue over the next three days.

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

UPDATED: 10:00 am

Strikes Suspended at LaGuardia, Newark, JFK, PHL Airports

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The following statement on the suspension of the service workers' strikes at LaGuardia, Newark, JFK and Philadelphia International Airport can be attributed to Rob Hill Vice President of 32BJ SEIU:

"With strikes looming at Newark, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia International airports, American Airlines and 32BJ SEIU have entered into last minute discussions. The strike, involving thousands of airport workers employed by American Airlines’ contractors, still looms as the union, American and other stakeholders sit down to talks at 11:00 am today. While the strike is suspended as negotiations get underway, the airport workers are ready to go back on strike should talks fall apart.

"The hundreds of courageous Newark airport workers who walked off the job late Tuesday night will be going back to work Wednesday after an 8:00 am rally this morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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"Airport workers have been fighting for a living wage and a union for nearly 5 years. They are willing to do whatever it takes to win. If these talks break down, we are prepared to strike at any time.