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Workers plan Labor Day weekend protests of Logan Airport contractor

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 29, 2013 11:10 AM

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Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com

Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo joined with airport contractor employees and their supporters at a June 2012 meeting of the Massachusetts Port Authority to call for better pay and working conditions.

Logan Airport contract workers and their allies have planned a pre-Labor Day protest at a major contract employer, a local division of the Service Employees International Union announced.

The protest at Irving, Texas-based G2 Secure Staff’s local offices on Bennington Street is intended to “request a meeting with G2 and raise awareness of the need to improve poverty-wage jobs at Logan International Airport,” SEIU 32BJ New England District 615, formerly known as SEIU Local 615, said in a statement.

Organizers also plan to picket Logan Airport on Labor Day to bring greater awareness to their demands, the union said.

Amanda Inoa, an East Boston resident and G2 Secure Staff employee, said in the statement that the time had come to improve the lives of workers, many of whom work in “substandard conditions” and are paid $8 to $9 per hour with no benefits, according to the union.

"It's time for these companies to step up and work with us, the union and Massport to start making these jobs better," Inoa said. "We need a change, not only for ourselves but for our kids, families and neighborhoods."

At Logan Airport, G2 Secure Staff employs more than 350 airplane cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, and wheelchair assistants, the union said, but the contractor has previously refused to meet with workers to discuss their demands.

The protest is part of a series of actions led by the labor union and other local groups advocating for better working conditions, pay, and benefits for airport contractors’ employees— many of them immigrants living in East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere. In February 2012, Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey pledged to investigate their claims.

The rally is planned to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Bennington Street offices of G2 Secure Staff.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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