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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:17 PM

 

Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airplane cleaners, and other workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to walk off their jobs in protest during the Democratic National Convention this month, according to a union that wants to organize them.

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The vote, which took place at the airport, was 461-5 in favor of striking out of 500 on shift Tuesday participating. The workers, who number about 1,000, work for subcontractors hired by various airlines.

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The purpose of the DNC is to lift workers out of poverty," Morgan said. "What these workers are fighting for is what the DNC and the convention is supposed to be about."

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Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20160713_Philly_airport_workers_vote_to_strike_during_the_DNC.html

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Reply Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC (Original post)
tk2kewl Jul 2016 OP
AntiBank Jul 2016 #1
fleabiscuit Jul 2016 #2
tk2kewl Jul 2016 #3
Cryptoad Jul 2016 #9
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #11
Javaman Jul 2016 #14
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #16
Javaman Jul 2016 #18
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #19
Javaman Jul 2016 #20
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #21
Javaman Jul 2016 #22
tenderfoot Jul 2016 #23
fleabiscuit Jul 2016 #10
Ash_F Jul 2016 #4
riversedge Jul 2016 #5
elleng Jul 2016 #6
840high Jul 2016 #12
mahina Jul 2016 #7
Auggie Jul 2016 #8
Gothmog Jul 2016 #13
tk2kewl Jul 2016 #15
MichMan Jul 2016 #17

Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:20 PM

1. good for them

 

union re-empowerment is fundamental for a truly social democracy

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:26 PM

2. Just cuz or is there a contract dispute? eom

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:29 PM

3. follow the link

 

The workers are seeking better scheduling, clarity on sick pay, a more predictable disciplinary system, and to be able to unionize.

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:21 PM

9. ,,, and it the DNC fault? geeez

seems they don't know who the enemy is!

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Response to Cryptoad (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:41 PM

11. It's meant to undermine them and to further damage unions

that's the plan. This has nothing to do with working conditions. If they're so concerned, why wait until now?

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Response to tenderfoot (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:06 AM

14. because unions have been purposedly destroyed by the right wing in this nation for decades

and the Democrats sat on their hands the entire time.

I think it's the prefect time to shine a big light on the fault of the Dems and we as a nation of how we have abandoned unions.

striking is soooooo inconvenient, right?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 03:21 PM

16. Which is why I ask "Why now?"

Why weren't they striking in 2008? Or 2012?

You don't have treat me poorly over that.

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Response to tenderfoot (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:49 PM

18. because they were and no one paid attention.

it's been an on going thing.

They have been having labor and contract issues for years.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #18)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:49 PM

19. Thank you for explaining that to me in a civil tone.

eom

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Response to tenderfoot (Reply #19)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:52 PM

20. I only responded that way because you came across as accusatory.

there, we're even now.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:53 PM

21. You were rude off the bat

eom

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Response to tenderfoot (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 15, 2016, 08:58 AM

22. oh ffs.

you really want to play, "you were mean first" childish bs?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #22)

Fri Jul 15, 2016, 09:35 AM

23. Your signature says "hello"

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:32 PM

10. That's a tough spot.

Everyone in my union was aware of the possibility of having a US Marshall arrive at 3 in the morning at your house for starting a wildcat strike. A real tough spot.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:32 PM

4. Very courageous

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:32 PM

5. Does not look like they have a union at present...





....Gabe Morgan, area vice president for SEIU 32BJ, which has been trying to unionize airport workers, said years of worker protests had already led to wage increases to $12 an hour.

The Philadelphia convention host committee declined to comment.

Morgan said no date for a strike had been set. The convention runs from July 25 to 28.

"The purpose of the DNC is to lift workers out of poverty," Morgan said. "What these workers are fighting for is what the DNC and the convention is supposed to be about."

Morgan said other area unions have fair contracts and thus would not have strikes during the convention, but that's not the case for the airport workers. He said that workers pushing for unions have been fired from their jobs.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 05:50 PM

6. "The purpose of the DNC is to lift workers out of poverty,"

if only!

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 08:09 PM

12. Yes. - sigh

 

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:05 PM

7. Having had to go to Philly every February for a decade, I don't know how anyone would know.

But I only take a carryon.

Never saw an airport worker. It was memorable. Maybe that's why they're pissed...too much work for too few people.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:16 PM

8. More power to them ...

I'm sick of seeing hard-working people get shafted while the people they work reap huge rewards.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:31 PM

13. I am driving to the Philadelphia convention

I will miss this fun.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:25 AM

15. Same here

 

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 06:27 PM

17. Will the delegates refuse to cross?

If it is not settled and they picket, do you think the delegates flying in will honor the picket line & refuse to cross?

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