Hundreds Of LaGuardia, Newark And JFK Airport Workers Suspend Strike

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of workers at Newark, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports have suspended a strike and are returning to the negotiating table.

The workers are in a labor dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for several airlines. They work at the airports as skycaps, baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners and shuttle drivers.

They’re being represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

The workers voted to walk out over what they described as “unfair labor practices.” Workers at Newark walked off the job at 9 p.m. Tuesday and had planned to strike at JFK and LaGuardia Wednesday morning.

But union vice president Rob Hill announced early Wednesday that “last-minute” talks between the union and American Airlines have resumed, so the union has “suspended” the strike while talks continued.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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