Airport workers at JFK, LaGuardia vote to go on strike: union

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NEW YORK — More than 1,000 airport workers at New York's two major airports have voted to go on strike in a bid for better wages and benefits, a spokesperson for their union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said Tuesday.

The work stoppage is slated to begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, the spokesperson said.

Security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants working for Delta's subcontractor Aviation Safeguards are part of the strike.

"While the airlines have been making record profits and the Port Authority has approved billions of dollars to modernize LaGuardia airport, the airport workers who make these profits possible are struggling to survive," the union said in a statement. "Their demands for better treatment are met with illegal repression."