LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Airport workers staged a rally at LAX on Monday to protest what they said is a decision by their employer to cancel their contract and take away their health benefits.

The protesters, who are represented by the Service Employees International Union, are employed by Aviation Safeguards, a contractor that
supplies passenger-services workers at LAX.

They provide some security services, move bags from security checkpoints to luggage vehicles and offer wheelchair and other escort services.

The rally was prompted by a recent announcement by Aviation Safeguards that it “is terminating its contract with employees and as a
result, workers will lose their health care benefits on Feb. 1,” the Good Jobs LA coalition said in a statement.

Neither the contractor nor its parent company could immediately be reached to comment on the reported contract cancellation.

“Aviation Safeguards is leading a race to the bottom by the greediest 1 percent at LAX to make even bigger profits by breaking agreements with workers and taking away health care,” said Mike Garcia, president of SEIU United Service Workers.

Some of Aviation Safeguards’ top clients at LAX include Virgin Atlantic, United Continental, Air France, and Alaska Airlines.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Comments (4)
  1. John M says:

    But the Union at LAX is not certified so Aviation Safeguards has every right to walk away

  2. Senthil says:

    They do it beuacse the FCC wants to make sure that the letter of the law prevails over common sense, so they can keep on dishing out fines to smaller broadcasters who can’t afford to fight back. (Common sense being that networks can’t control the actions of all individuals on a live broadcast.) They also want to make it very clear that appealing their unilateral rulings will be prohibitively expensive for those smaller broadcasters. d

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