Baggage handlers, others on strike at Philadelphia airport

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Baggage handlers and other service workers are on strike at Philadelphia International Airport.

The workers are teaming up with the Service Employees International Union to protest what they call unfair working conditions and are seeking $12 hourly wages.

Similar strikes are being organized by the same union at airports in Boston, Chicago, New York, Newark, New Jersey and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

American Airlines, which has the most flights at the Philadelphia airport, says it doesn’t expect the strike to disrupt flights.

Those on strike include wheelchair attendants, sky caps and others employed by airport subcontractors including PrimeFlight, Prospect and McGinn Security.

The workers are scheduled to meet with mayor-elect Jim Kenney at noon Thursday.

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