Last updated: 09:17 PM ET, Mon August 31 2015

Workers To Strike Tuesday Morning at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 31, 2015

Workers To Strike Tuesday Morning at Fort Lauderdale Airport

PHOTO: Workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, pictured, will go on strike Tuesday. (Courtesy of Thinkstock)

Workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida will go on strike Tuesday morning to protest what it says is repeated labor violations by airline contractors, G2 Secure Staff and Eulen America.

The workers say the companies are preventing employees from organizing to improve poverty wages and poor working conditions. Both companies, which service Spirit, Southwest, American Airlines, JetBlue, and others, are currently under federal investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for violating workers’ rights.

Tuesday’s strike is the latest in a series of coordinated actions taken by airport workers at major origin and destination airports across the country to demand $15 and union rights as they join together to pursue their goal to make our airports safe, secure and stable for both passengers and employees.

The workers at Fort Lauderdale were inspired by the recent victory of their counterparts at Sea-Tac International Airport following Washington’s Supreme Court ruling that the 2013 voter-approved $15 minimum wage city ordinance applies to Sea-Tac workers as well.

FLL workers and their supporters will continue their efforts to make sure passenger service workers, who are currently excluded from the County’s $13.20 Living Wage Ordinance, are not left behind.

The strike will culminate in a rally outside the Broward County Commissioners meeting in the afternoon. Congressman Alcee Hastings, workers, and supporters will demand commissioners finally close the loophole in the County’s Living Wage Ordinance, which they say allows contractors to maximize their profits by cutting costs on the backs of their workers.

The walkout is set to begin at 5:30 a.m. and run through 8:30 a.m. between Terminals 1 and 2.

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