More than 200 members of the Engineers and Architects Association of Los Angeles seeking increased salaries protested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for about four hours on one of the busiest travel days of the year, Sunday, November 26th.
The demonstration, which lasted from about 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., had no major effect on airport operations and had a “very minor” impact on traffic at the airport, said Belinda Nettles, Los Angeles Airport Police spokeswoman.
On what was already a busy day during the Thanksgiving weekend at LAX, traffic was briefly slowed at times during the protest, as the large group of demonstrators crossed the street, Nettles said.
The protesters waved signs and chanted as they marched on the lower levels at the airport’s front entrance at Terminal 1 and exit at Terminal 7.
The peaceful demonstrators crossed at the airport crosswalks and generally obeyed the traffic lights, Nettles said.
Police said no arrests were made during the protest and no incidents were reported other than a few traffic-related citations that were issued.
“We were there to keep the peace and make sure that safety was maintained,” Nettles said.
The members of the Engineers and Architects Association, a union representing workers from various city departments, were protesting for renewed contract negotiations, including annual salary increases of up to six percent, according to the union.