LAX — Saying they're upset Virgin America contracted with a nonunion firm to provide support services at Los Angeles International Airport, more than 75 union and community members protested outside the airline's terminal on Thursday afternoon.
Officials with the Service Employees International Union - United Service Workers West say the airline severed ties with a union contractor in favor of a contract with Aviation Safeguards, which does not use union employees. Some of the affected workers handle baggage while others push wheelchairs, union officials said.
Union officials say not all of the workers from the old contractor were offered jobs with Aviation Safeguards, which they say is a violation of the city's Service Contractor Worker Retention Ordinance.
Officials with Aviation Safeguards could not be reached for comment, but the company and union have been at odds since the end of 2011 when the workers moved to cancel their collective bargaining agreement.
- Brian Sumers