After five months, Swartha Tujare, a 67-year old immigrant, has finally won her job back as a Dulles International Airport wheelchair attendant, as well as thousands of dollars in back-pay and interest. Although it admitted no wrongdoing, the Huntleigh USA Corporation has settled a National Labor Relations Board Complaint, after SEIU 32BJ filed charges with the NLRB alleging that Huntleigh fired Tujare in retaliation for her participation in a 2016 strike to protest the company’s poverty wages. “This is a tremendous weight off my shoulders," said Tujare, who earned just $6.15 per hour plus unreliable tips and lives in publicly-subsidized housing in Reston, VA. "I’m happy to put the ordeal behind me.” “Huntleigh should learn a legal and moral lesson that those men and women busting their backs at our airports as contractors should be able to work with dignity,” said former Virginia Congressman Perriello, who signed a letter earlier this year calling on Tujare’s employer to act responsibly.
photo: Tujare (in pink jacket) and Perriello at Dulles Airport rally yesterday; photo courtesy 32BJ Twitter
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