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Agreement reached to avert massive strike at JFK, LaGuardia Airport

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NEW YORK — A strike of 1,200 employees at New York’s two major airports have been called off.

The union voted to go on strike Tuesday to try for better wages and benefits, a spokesperson for their union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said Tuesday.

“We are pleased to announce that the voices of 1,200 workers have been heard,” Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ, told reporters at a press conference at the LaGuardia Airport Mariott Hotel. “In response to the concerns raised by Aviation Safeguards employees at LaGuardia and JFK Airports, an agreement has been reached between Aviation Safeguards and 32BJ SEIU.”

1,200 Aviation Safeguard workers were planning to strike starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday. They have reached an agreement with the company, allowing employees to join the union and bargain a contract.

The union plans to keep fighting for wages of at least $15 an hour and affordable health care for all of these workers. Negotiations for a union contract are expected to begin this fall.

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