A Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board has found that the Huntleigh Corporation fired a Dulles International Airport wheelchair attendant in retaliation for her participation in a 2016 strike to protest Huntleigh’s poverty wages. The NLRB will seek reinstatement for Swartha Tujare and an estimated $8,000 in back pay.
Hundreds of contracted service workers at National Airport and Dulles walked off the job on strike in April to protest federal labor violations charged against their employer, Huntleigh, including surveilling, interrogating and firing Tujare for lawfully protected activities. “Huntleigh’s coercive behavior towards these workers is against the law and has no place at our airports,” said SEIU 32BJ Vice President Jaime Contreras (at left in photo). “Huntleigh should get the message that they must allow workers to focus on keeping our airports and passengers safe, rather than worrying about being fired at will.” Workers have gone on strike twice against Huntleigh, which is based in Irving,Texas.
photo: At the April 26 Dulles/National strike; photo courtesy SEIU 32BJ Twitter