LAX janitors threaten Fourth of July strike
June 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES — With a labor contract set to expire tonight, about 130 janitors charged with cleaning several terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are threatening to walk off the job during the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to the Daily Breeze.
According to Jacob Hay, a spokesman for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Service Workers West (USWW), the janitors who work for contractors hired by United Airlines and American Airlines, along with a consortium of international air carriers housed in Terminal 2, agreed Monday night to go on strike if negotiations continue to stall.
The union''s next bargaining session with ABM, Airserv and Flagship is scheduled for today and a strike could be called before the start of the holiday weekend if a deal isn''t reached, the article noted.
LAX officials have not yet received information from United, American or the 15 other airlines on how they plan to maintain janitorial services in Terminals 2, 4, 7 and 8 if a strike is called, said airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles.
The union filed a labor complaint against Airserv earlier this year after the company''s managers allegedly told several janitors to remove union stickers from their clothes, the article stated.
"The attempts to silence janitors not only angered employees of Airserv, but also employees of the contractors, which is a key reason why there was unanimous support for the strike authorization," Hay said.
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