Philadelphia Airport Workers Vote to Strike During DNC
Workers at Philadelphia International Airport have voted overwhelmingly to walk off the job during the Democratic National Convention later this month.
Union SEIU 32BJ, which is trying to organize airport baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other workers, stated that the 461-5 vote, out of a pool of 1,000 employees who work for subcontractors hired by the airlines, took place Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system and the ability to unionize.
The union's vice president, Gabe Morgan, said that a date for a strike has not yet been set; he noted that years of worker protests have led to minimum-wage increases to $12 an hour.
The DNC will take place July 25-28 at Philly's Wells Fargo Center.