The workers at PHL were to be joined by others at Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Denver worldwide airports, whose strikes were also suspended after beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and employees who provide wheelchair services to travelers at Denver International Airport walked off the job at 4 a.m. Wednesday, but it remains unclear whether passengers will be affected. The workers voted to organize into a union and join the 32BJ SEIU, but claim the contractors refuse to negotiate a contract. Workers at Philadelphia International Airport will also hold off on striking, 6abc.com said. Many PHL workers including maintenance staff, janitors, and employees who work directly for airlines belong to labor unions.
It's not known what, if any, disruption may come at the airport due to those who chose to strike.
They were threatening to walk off the job over what they call unfair labor practices by the company PrimeFlight. Clint Smith, eastern vice president for Prospect Airport Services, which employs about 400 workers, had no comment, nor did Bill Stejskal, PrimeFlight's senior vice president for human resources.