Airport workers in Newark, across US, strike over pay, conditions

The strike involves cabin cleaners employed by United

The strike involves cabin cleaners employed by United Airlines contractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services. (Credit: News 12)

NEWARK - Airport workers across the country, including Newark-Liberty International Airport, went on a 24-hour strike from Wednesday to Thursday evening. They argued that they are underpaid and work in unsafe conditions.

The strike involved cabin cleaners employed by United Airlines contractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services.

The strikes and rallies were part of a national push by airport workers who are uniting with other low-wage workers in the "Fight for $15" movement to do whatever it takes to win at least $15 minimum wage and union rights for every airport worker.

Those involved in the strike said that it came on the heels of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation of PrimeFlight at Newark and LaGuardia airports that uncovered numerous health and safety issues that are putting workers at risk. 

The hazards included exposure to blood-borne pathogens to PrimeFlight's failure to provide lift trucks with protections to keep workers from falling 20 feet to concrete below.

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