PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - Workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job during the Democratic National Convention in less than two weeks.
The union that's trying to organize baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other workers says the 461-5 vote took place Tuesday night, out of 500 on shift participating. About 1,000 employees work for subcontractors hired by airlines.
FOX 29’s Steve Keeley reports the workers have clearance despite such high security. They clean around airplane seats and also the bathrooms. Others handle fragile luggage and push wheelchairs.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system and the ability to unionize.
SEIU 32BJ has been trying to unionize airport workers and area Vice President Gabe Morgan says years of worker protests have led to wage increases to $12 an hour.
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There have been informational pickets in the past, but Morgan says no date for a strike has been set.
The convention runs from July 25 to 28.