A potential strike by 130 janitors at Los Angeles International Airport during the Fourth of July weekend was averted after the janitors and their employers reached an agreement that maintains current benefit and wage standards.
The contract agreement between the airport janitors and Airserv, ABM and Flagship — subcontractors to major airlines at LAX, including United, American and international carriers in Terminal 2 — came two days after janitors voted unanimously to authorize a strike. The contractors had proposed cutting health benefits and reducing the number of paid holidays and sick days.
“We had no choice but to unite and protect health care for us and our families,” said Juana Ayala, a janitor at United’s Terminal 7. “Good jobs and high-level service go hand-in-hand and improve the passenger experience at LAX.”
Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West President Mike Garcia, said, “Standing together, LAX janitors and other airport workers drew a firm line against attempts to roll back community standards. Preventing health care cuts is a victory not just for janitors and their families but for all workers at LAX and in local communities. This shows that even during hard economic times, we can work together to maintain quality jobs that support families.”
On the heels of the janitors’ agreement, airline service workers said they are also standing together to fight against efforts to increase profits by taking back money owed to low wage workers.