Kenney announces deal to avert airport worker strike during convention

The mayor of Philadelphia has announced an agreement that will avert a walkout by some Philadelphia International Airport workers who had threatened to strike during next week’s Democratic National Convention.

“Governor Wolf and I have brought 32BJ SEIU and American Airlines together to come to an agreement that will give employees of airline vendors the opportunity to form a union of their choosing,” Kenney said in a statement released Friday.

“Beginning today and into next week, 32BJ and American will be working together on such an agreement and to ensure the smooth operation of the Airport as thousands of delegates from around the country convene for the Democratic National Convention. I look forward to a resolution that works for all parties and ensures the highest level of service at PHL. I would also like to commend Congressman Brady and Councilman Henon for their invaluable efforts in making this progress possible.”

The union has been trying to organize baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other workers seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system and the ability to unionize.

The union said the workers voted 461-5 earlier this month to strike during the Democratic convention, which runs from July 25 to 28.

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