Workers at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Miami international airports joined with others across the country to fight for better working conditions Thursday. Workers at JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York, Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare and others joined in on the strike.
Most were pushing for higher wages, but the workers in South Florida wanted to send a message that the fight continues even after getting better pay.
In South Florida protests like these have been going on for several years. In many ways, Fort Lauderdale is seen as a success story for labor organizers when this summer they won higher wages for some workers that will go into effect Jan 1.
But Yanelys Juvier says the fight isn’t over. For eight months she has worked for a company called Eulen America that contracts with airlines for personnel such as wheelchair pushers and the people who help direct you in the airport.
“Those companies have to stop treating us like we are not human beings. We are,” Juvier said.
Along with about 20 others, she took a letter outlining their grievances alleging intimidation and threats to the Eulen office in Miami.
No one opened the doors for the group so they poked the letter through a crack in the front glass door.
Eulen could not be reached for comment.