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32BJ Challenges Punishment of Airport Strikers

December 12, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union is preparing a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board after one worker was fired and three suspended for participating in a 24-hour strike at Newark Liberty International Airport Nov. 18-19.

PrimeFlight Aviation Services, a Nashville-based subcontractor that employs about 400 cabin cleaners at the airport, suspended three workers for a day immediately after they returned to work, and fired Saterrah Sumter a few days later. “They told her she was one of the ringleaders,” said Kevin Brown, New Jersey state director of 32BJ. New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and Assemblymember Gordon M. Johnson (D-Englewood) sent PrimeFlight a letter urging it to rehire Sumter and take “prompt steps towards improving wages, benefits, and working conditions for all of your workers. Read more

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