Florida Airport Workers Fight for Respect and Justice
On September 1st, G2 and Eulen workers at FLL are on strike over unfair labor practices. These workers have stood up for a living wage and have been met with threats and intimidation.
Over 39 private contractors–employing more than 1,500 workers– provide crucial passenger, ramp, and cargo services at Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport. These services include non-TSA security officers, cabin and terminal cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers, sky caps, gate agents, fuelers, and other cargo and ramp workers.
Given the critical infrastructure nature of the airports, every service worker’s job has a security implication. These airport workers provide crucial assistance to the traveling public, such as the safe and reliable wheelchair assistance for disabled and infirm passengers.. Yet, these workers are subjected to unconscionably low wages with unaffordable health care and a lack of employment benefits such as paid sick days. The workers are rallying, marching and organizing for fair wages, affordable benefits and respect.