DC area airport workers strike to protest low wages
WASHINGTON - Contracted service workers at Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport are on strike Wednesday in protest over low wages.
The demonstrators, mostly wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers, are protesting for higher pay. The group, which works for the Huntleigh Corporation, says the average pay is around $6.15 per hour. They are asking for an increase to at least $15 an hour.
The group is expected to be joined by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Virginia Senator Barbara Favola, as well as clergy and community supporters.
The demonstrations are expected to last 24 hours. Airport officials do not expect the protests to interfere with airport operations.