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Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

NY airport employees temporarily halt strike as negotiations get underway

NY airport employees temporarily halt strike as negotiations get underway

The 700 employees - which include wheelchair attendents, skycaps and cabin cleaners - work at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.

But union Vice President Rob Hill said early Wednesday that "last-minute" talks between the union and American Airlines have resumed, so the union has "suspended" the strike while talks continue.

A strike planned for Wednesday that could have halted hundreds of contracted workers at Philadelphia International Airport has been suspended.

The workers at PHL were to be joined by others at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Denver global airports, whose strikes were also suspended after beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The workers will begin a protest at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning where they plan to deliver a petition to the Denver International Airports Chief Executive Officer. "If these talks break down, we are prepared to strike at any time", Hill's statement said. The workers are alleging unfair labor practices. They're being represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

Their complaints are aimed at contractors PrimeFlight, G2 and AirServ, which serve American Airlines, JetBlue and United.

PrimeFlight did not immediately return calls for comment.

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