Just in time for the holiday traveling season, roughly 2,000 airport contract workers at seven of the United States' busiest airports went on strike Wednesday night and early Thursday to push for $15 minimum wage, better health insurance and the right to organize as a union without pushback, Reuters reported.
Airports on strike: New York's LaGuardia Airport, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston's Logan International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport.
Will the strikes affect travel? It shouldn't. Major airlines American, United, Delta and JetBlue told Reuters that the strike likely won't effect travel because those on strike are mostly cleaners and baggage handlers, not flight attendants or pilots.
It should end soon: Workers planned to protest Wednesday and Thursday, Reuters reports, but it's unclear whether the strikes will continue beyond Thursday.
"Intimidation, harassment and antiworker tactics don't belong in airports," the Service Employees International Union, which seeks to unionize the workers on strike, tweeted Wednesday when it announced that New Jersey's Laguardia Airport went on strike. Workers at Laguardia initiated the series of strikes that has spread to six other major airports in less than 24 hours.