Service workers at National Airport, including cleaners, security officers and baggage handlers, walked off their jobs Wednesday night, in a demand for better wages and union rights. "We do our best to keep airports safe and running smoothly," said Samrawit Seifu who works two jobs for ATS and Eulen at National Airport. "We are always at risk and at least need the peace of mind that comes with livable wages and better treatment." The 24-hour strike had been planned at several major U.S. airports last week, but was postponed after the Brussels terrorist attacks. The strike targets eight airports including Washington’s National Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare, New Jersey’s Newark Liberty, and New York’s Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. In addition to better pay, the workers want paid sick leave and vacation, as well as adequate training for security officers.
NOTE: National Airport Worker’s Day of Action is set for Thu, March 31, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
At Gravelly Point/Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary; George Washington Memorial Parkway – Arlington
- includes reporting from The Washington Post