Last updated: 10:15 AM ET, Thu July 14 2016

Philadelphia Airport Workers Vote to Strike During Democratic Convention

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | July 14, 2016

Philadelphia Airport Workers Vote to Strike During Democratic Convention

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After threatening to strike during the upcoming Democratic National Convention, many employees at Philadelphia International Airport have now voted to make the strike in late July official.

According to, baggage handlers, airport security workers, wheelchair attendants and aircraft cleaners at Philadelphia International Airport have voted to strike during the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28.

On Tuesday, workers at the airport—who are employed by subcontractors who work for the airlines—voted 461-5 in favor of the strike, and say as many as 1,000 people could join the strike. The workers are fighting to unionize, as well as fighting for better wages, benefits and work schedules.

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While no date has been formally announced for the strike, service workers union SEIU 32BJ announced it would take place at some point during the Democratic National Convention. 32BJ SEIU vice president Gabe Morgan released a statement about the upcoming strike:

“The hardworking men and women at the airport exemplify everything that the DNC platform is about,” Morgan said. “They are at the forefront of the fight to rebuild the middle class and address racial and economic disparities.”

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