Airport Workers Rally at JFK for Improved Healthcare, Increased Wages

Photo courtesy SEIU Local 32-BJPhoto courtesy SEIU Local 32-BJ

NEW YORK (SBN) —City and state elected officials join workers for a rally at J-F-K Airport today to demand a new contract and health care for 10-thousand workers at three major airports. They are baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners and security officers – essential workers who keep the airports running. Contracts with most of the 23 companies they work for at J-F-K, LaGuardia and Newark airports expired on April 1st. A new contract must adhere to the Healthy Terminals Act, a recent law passed in New York and New Jersey, requiring that airport workers receive an additional four-dollars-54-cents an hour toward health care. SBN correspondent Steve Lubetkin reports that the union says contract talks have stalled.

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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for NJSpotlight.com, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021,  he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization's 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at steve@statebroadcastnews.com.