SEIU United Service Workers West has announced workers at Los Angeles airport (LAX) say airlines are not taking all of the precautions necessary to protect workers and passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organization said.
Cabin cleaners, janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, airline catering workers and concession workers are speaking out about the necessity for stronger enforcement on PPE, social distancing, and safe staffing to stop the spread of coronavirus at the airport.
Airline workers have been speaking out about problems at the airport as positive cases continue to grow among LAX workers.
Service workers at the airport are primarily people of color and immigrants who have spoken out and won better wages through their unions, SEIU and UNITE HERE. These same communities are also being hardest hit by the pandemic.
Service Workers at LAX, represented by SEIU United Service Workers West, are driving in a caravan around the airport calling on airlines like United and Southwest to take responsibility for the health and safety of passengers and contracted airline workers.
SEIU represents more than 45,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across California.