Dozens of Philly airport workers walk out for a day over wages

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 Striking Philadelphia International Airport workers walk a picket line Thursday.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Striking Philadelphia International Airport workers walk a picket line Thursday.(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Workers for a contractor at Philadelphia International Airport went on strike Thursday over wages.

The one-day walkout was not causing serious headaches for travelers.

Dozens of workers for Prime Flight, a contractor that does everything from handling baggage to pushing wheelchairs at Philadelphia International, set up their picket line between terminals B and C.  

 

Baggage handler Hassad Benson said $7.25 an hour pay isn’t enough for the work he does.

“We want more, we want better — not just for our family but for our entire company,” he said. “We are tired of being bullied.”

The Service Employees International Union is not officially organizing the workers, but it is helping, said Gabriel Morgan, a union representative.

“People are standing up, people are demanding that their lives be improved,” he said.

Prime Flight did not have anyone available to respond to the walkout. In a letter, supplied by the workers, the company said the one-day job action is illegal.

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