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Union: Kennedy, LaGuardia airport workers suspend strike

Runways at Kennedy Airport near Jamaica Bay are

Runways at Kennedy Airport near Jamaica Bay are seen from the control tower in an undated image. Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Several hundred workers, including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at three New York City-area airports and Philadelphia International Airport have suspended a strike while contract talks continue.

The airport workers at Newark Liberty International Airport walked off the job at 9 p.m. Tuesday in a labor dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for several airlines.

A spokeswoman for the 32BJ Service Employees International Union said late Tuesday that workers also planned to strike at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York, along with the Philadelphia airport early Wednesday.

But union vice president Rob Hill announced early Wednesday that “last-minute” talks between the union and American Airlines have resumed, so the union has “suspended” the strike while talks continued. PrimeFlight and American Airlines couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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