Denver airport strike: Union says dozens of workers demand better conditions

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Employees of three service companies at Denver International Airport were set to strike on Wednesday, according to the SEIU Local 105 union group. It was not immediately clear whether there would be an impact on flights or other airport operations.

As of noon, airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said he was “not aware of any operational impacts.” FlightAware reported no delays at the Denver airport.

The strike follows similar actions in four airports around New York and Philadelphia; however, the East Coast strikes were suspended this morning as talks resumed.

In Denver, Local 105 claimed this morning that more than 50 employees “went on strike against three private contracting companies today to protest poor working conditions, low wages, and a lack of respect shown to them.”

The group noted, however, that there was no request to “cease performing services or making deliveries.”

KDVR reports that baggage handlers and other workers planned “to walk off the job at 11:30 a.m.” 9News reported that up to 150 employees would strike and deliver a petition to Kim Day, the CEO of DIA.

The protest is against the contractors PrimeFlight, which provides cabin cleaning services for United; G2, which provides wheelchair services for passengers; and AirServ, which provides wheelchair and baggage services, according to SEIU Local 105.