As he and the L.A. convention delegation come home to picket lines at LAX, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced this morning that he has convinced baggage handlers and other SEIU union members who work for private contractors at the airport to return to work over the busy holiday weekend and resume negotiations.
“In these difficult economic times for the airline industry and for hard-working Angelenos at the airport, we must come together to find a solution that meets the needs of workers and the airline industry, the mayor said in a statement.
Here’s the full press release:
MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA BROKERS COOLING-OFF PERIOD IN LAX WORKERS’ STRIKE
Mayor contacts airlines, contractors and union to resume talks and
ensure travel at LAX remains safe and efficient this holiday weekend.
LOS ANGELES – Responding to the strike by 2,500 service workers at Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX) that began yesterday, Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa has brokered a three-week “cooling-off” period between the
union (SEIU Local 1877) and airline contractors, effective at 8:00 AM
this morning. Under the agreement, striking workers will return to work
without retaliation and the parties will resume negotiations.
The Mayor issued the following statement:
“In these difficult economic times for the airline industry and for
hard-working Angelenos at the airport, we must come together to find a
solution that meets the needs of workers and the airline industry.
“The parties have agreed to a cooling-off period effective immediately.
I am urging the workers and contractors, with the support of the
airlines, to come to a fair agreement that ensures quality services and
keeps passengers moving safely and efficiently at the international
gateway to Southern California.”
Stephen Cheung, M.S.W.
West Area Director
Neighborhood and Community Services
Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa