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JFK, La Guardia Airport Workers Call Off Job Action

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Around 1,000 security officers, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants employed by a subcontractor to airlines including Delta Air Lines Inc. have opted not to go ahead with a job action planned for Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International and La Guardia airports, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“The workers and company reached a settlement,” the person said.

The workers, all employees of Command Security Corp. subsidiary Aviation Safeguards had intended to walk off the job for 24 hours starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

But the action will now not proceed, according to an official briefed on the matter. “There won’t be a strike,” the person said.

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Workers, backed by the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ planned to convene a 1:30 p.m. news conference Wednesday.

Neither the union nor representatives of Aviation Safeguards would comment.

Workers interviewed on Tuesday said they wanted higher wages, affordable health care and to be treated with respect and dignity.

On Tuesday, Craig Coy, chief executive officer of Command Security Corporation and its subsidiary Aviation Safeguards, said the company believed the workers hadn’t followed proper procedures to organize.

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