At five major airports across the U.S, airport workers have gone on strike are demanding $15 an hour.

According to the Service Employees International Union, the airport workers, made up of mostly cabin and airport cleaners, were picketing Thursday morning outside John F Kennedy and Laguardia in New York City as well as airports in Newark, NJ., Boston and Philadelphia.

The strike was expected to draw out thousands of workers but it is unclear as to how many actually striking. SEIU, the organization organizing the strike, said that it was too soon to know what time of effect the strike will actually have on airport operations.

The airport workers are subcontracted by several outside companies to work with numerous airlines such as Delta, Jet Blue and United. The goal of the workers is to obtain new contracts, an hourly wage of $15 an hour and medical benefits.

Last year, the head of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority, which runs the New York City airports, demanded that they hourly wage be raised to $10.10 an hour but workers are not satisfied.


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