A strike has been averted at the region’s airports. The union representing about 10,000 service workers at Newark Liberty International, JFK and LaGuardia airports secured a new three-year contract that includes better benefits, more safety guidelines and protections against discrimination. According to statements from 32BJ SEIU, negotiations lasted more than months.
The new contract gives airport workers guidelines for the Healthy Terminals Act. Set to go into effect in New Jersey on Sept. 1, it will provide workers health insurance with no monthly co-premium. That was a sticking point for the union, which says airport workers have been on the front line during the pandemic. Their jobs include cleaning cabins and terminals, working security, handling baggage and working as wheelchair attendants. The new contract will expire on Feb. 28, 2024.