A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada blocked a threatened strike by Teamsters represented Allegiant Airlines pilots, holding that the carrier had met its legal burden for a temporary restraining order barring a walkout that would have reportedly grounded 250 flights and affected 33,000 travelers. Union officials threatened that more than 500 pilots would walk off the job to protest the carrier’s alleged failure to comply with an earlier court order to reverse a scheduling system change and restore other benefits.
Some 500 nonunion service employees at Philadelphia International Airport staged a singleday strike to protest low wages and alleged unfair labor practices by two contractors. Wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers walked off their scheduled shifts to demand airport contractors – Prospect Airport Services Inc. and PrimeFlight Airline Services Inc. – begin implementing an executive order requiring the city’s contractors to pay workers at least $12 per hour. The wage mandate, signed by the Philadelphia mayor in May 2014, was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, yet the airport employees report still earning closer to $8 per hour.
More than 300 workers of the Flying Food Group who prepare meals for international flights departing Los Angeles International Airport returned to work April 15 after a 24hour strike to protest “insufficient” staffing levels and equipment at their workplace.
Twenty SEIU Local 1 janitors and supporters were arrested at a rally held outside of a BMO Harris Bank location in downtown Chicago. The union claimed the rally was in protest of BMO’s “treatment of its contract employees.” The union is currently negotiating contracts for about 12,000 members.
On April 15, 2015, fast food workers walked off their jobs in an estimated 236 cities in the 13th oneday protest since late 2012. “Fight for $15,” with financial and strategic backing from the SEIU, also has recruited childcare workers, adjunct professors, students and industrial laundry employees to join in the events. The protesters continued their demands for a $15 industrywide hourly wage floor and the right to choose union representation without fear of retaliation.
Approximately 250 wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers at two New York airports went on strike to protest their contract employer’s repeated retaliatory threats. In their second oneday walkout since February, employees of contractor Aviation Safeguards at John F. Kennedy International Airport and nearby LaGuardia Airport, called attention to a recently filed unfair labor practice charge. The charge accuses Aviation Safeguards of handing out a letter warning workers that they are legally barred from striking, one day after their participation, on April 15, in the Fight for $15 protest by striking fastfood workers.
Hundreds of nonunion truck drivers who haul shipping containers from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for four drayage firms went on strike, alleging wage theft and independent contractor misclassifications. The drivers work for Harbor Rail Transport, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage and Pacific 9 Transportation. Striking drivers are asking to be classified as employees rather than contractors.