Hundreds of contracted service workers at Reagan National Airport and Dulles walked off the job on strike Thursday, to protest federal labor violations charged against their employer, Huntleigh Corporation, including surveilling, interrogating, arbitrarily disciplining a worker and firing a worker for lawfully protected activities, according to SEIU Local 32BJ.
Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority passed a first-of-its kind policy ensuring contractors pay contracted wheelchair agents, checkpoint agents, terminal cleaners, cabin cleaners, sky caps and baggage handlers USD 12.75 per hour by 2020. Contracted workers previously earned as little as the minimum wage of USD 7.25.
This would be the second time these workers have gone on strike against Huntleigh USA Corporation, which is based in Irving, Texas. At Dulles, the company services: American Airlines, Air China, Air Canada, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Saudia, Emirates, Ethiopian, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar, South African, Avianca, Icelandair, Copa, LATAM Airlines, TACA Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, JetBlue. At DCA Huntleigh airlines include: Jetblue, Virgin America, Southwest, American, Sun Country, Air Canada, Frontier