NEWARK, N.J. – Thousands of airport workers from New York City and Newark are expected continue their strike into Thursday.
The workers, mostly cabin and airport cleaners, are subcontracted by outside companies to work with various airlines, including JetBlue, Delta and United.
They will be striking for new contracts, which include medical benefits and higher wages of $15 an hour.
They started last night and they say they will fight for better wages. This could create a nightmare commute before your Thanksgiving holiday.
Travelers at seven of the country's busiest airports, Chicago, Boston, New York City and Newark will experience delays as thousands of airport workers starting striking last night.
They are protesting poor working conditions and threats related to their efforts to unionize. On the picket lines – 2,000 plane cleaners, baggage handlers and other workers striking in Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago, Newark and Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.
It started around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night and extend into today.
The head of the Port Authority, which runs the New York City airports demanded last year that airport workers' wages be raised to $10.10 an hour.
but workers insist that is not good enough.
One worker who cleans and checks plane interiors in New York says he currently doesn't make enough money to pay for rent.
He says he'll be starting a second job next month.
This is the second planned strike for airport workers in recent months.
A similar walkout in July at New York's LaGuardia and JFK airport was canceled after employees reached an agreement with their security services provider.
A JetBlue spokesperson said the company "worked with our partners to ensure there are no flight interruptions."
United said its vendors have contingency plans to ensure customer service will not be interrupted.
Delta could not be immediately reached for comment.AlertMe