Airline Cleaners Face Layoffs in the Fall

July 31, 2019

More than 700 workers who clean United Airlines airplane cabins and lavatories at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., will be terminated from their contracts on October 8, reports.

The 735 professional cleaners are employees of PrimeFlight Aviation Services Inc., which terminated its contract with United Airlines at the Newark Airport. A new contractor, Prospect Airport Services, gained the contract through a competitive bid. This new contractor has agreed to hire all PrimeFlight’s laid off employees through a collective bargaining agreement with the Service Employees International Union.

Last month, PrimeFlight announced it was laying off 439 employees who clean planes at Denver International Airport in Denver when its contract ends with United Airlines September 18.

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