Staff set to strike at JFK Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport security guards are threatening to go on strike during the third week of December if their employer does not address their concerns over a variety of issues including equipment and training procedures.

Prince Jackson, a JFK security worker, stated that about one hundred employees of the Air Serv Corporation voted on Thursday to authorise a strike scheduled to begin on Dec. 20th if something is not done about their concerns. These employees do not belong to a union. Another security group of workers from Global Elite Group will hold a vote this Friday to decide if they will join in the strike.

Air Serve stated that over the next few days it will speak to its employees about their concerns and Global Elite stated that its management is currently talking to their staff to see what their concerns are.

The workers from both groups are responsible for handing security issues for the airport such as directing traffic near the terminal entrances and making sure that non-passenger areas like the tarmacs are secure at all times. The action by the employees is part of a bit a bid to put together a union that will help out low income employees. In addition, they claim to want better equipment and training.

The workers filed their complaints with the TSA stating that poor job conditions are resulting in security lapses from time to time that may endanger the public while they are flying. The TSA reported that an investigation was conducted and no regulatory violations were found. JFK is the sixth busiest airport in the USA and could pose a problem for Christmas travel if the strike occurs.