Airport workers prepare to strike, claim bosses threatened to fire them over wage push
Workers at JFK and LaGuardia Airports are preparing to walk off the job next week, saying bosses threatened to fire them after they pushed for better wages.
Airport security officers, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners who work for Aviation Safeguards, a subcontractor with Delta, British Airways and United airlines, submitted a strike notice to their employer Thursday.
“The company has been violating and neglecting our rights for a long time,” said security officer Michael Carey, 49, of Brooklyn.
A vote to determine whether to strike is scheduled for Monday, according to union local SEIU 32BJ, which backs the workers’ fight for a $15-an-hour wage and benefits.