Workers at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport staged a three-hour walkout Tuesday
morning to protest low pay.
The employees also say that the airline contractors
G2 Secure Staff and Eulen America, which service American, JetBlue, Southwest
and Spirit, use intimidation and retaliation to prevent workers from
The short strike, organized by the Service Employees
International Union, involved wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, janitors
and lobby agents. The employees make an average of $8.14 per hour, according to
The walkout had little to no impact on flight schedules at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood, which was reporting no significant delays as of 10 a.m.
Eastern time Tuesday morning.
The protest took place outside the departure level for the
airport's terminals 1 and 2 and is part of a nationwide push by airport workers
for wages of no less than $15 per hour and for union rights.
The workers, led by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), plan to rally
Tuesday afternoon outside the Broward County Commission meeting in Fort
Lauderdale, where they hope to pressure commissioners into getting rid of a
rule that excludes them from Broward's $13.20 Living Wage Ordinance, the SEIU
G2 Secure Staff declined to comment on the strike. Eulen America
could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.