At J.F.K. International Airport, they are bracing for a possible strike by security workers that could come at the worst time of the year — the busy holiday travel season.
About 300 security workers from two companies — Air Serve and Global Elite Group — begin voting Thursday on whether to authorize a strike.
If they strike, they would walk on Thursday, December 20th, right in the midst of the busy holiday travel week. They are demanding significant improvements to working conditions.
These are not Transportation Security Administration or TSA employees.
The security workers are responsible for inspecting planes for explosives, drugs and other contraband before they take off and have been complaining they don’t have enough time to safely do the checks. They also say they need better training and equipment.
The workers do not belong to a union but are being courted by organized labor.
The companies say they are willing to talk, but they both have been accused of cutting corners on security in the past according to the Village Voice and currently pay workers about $8 an hour.
So far, there is no agreement.