Strike would affect many airport functions

About 1,000 employees at San Francisco International Airport will vote today on whether to authorize a strike, according to union officials.

The strike would affect service employees who work everywhere from “curbs to cabins,” including wheelchair attendants, workers who clean planes and those who check aircraft for dangerous items.

The length of the strike and when it would occur, would be decided later, said Mike Chavez, spokesman for the Airport Workers United union, part of the Service Employees International Union, which represents the employees.

The union is engaging in ongoing bargaining talks with private contractors, so a work stoppage may not necessarily even occur, Chavez said.

The dispute is about improving quality of services and security in the airports, improving wages and bolstering health care options for employees, Chavez said.

Chavez said the union has never authorized a strike at SFO before.

Chavez said the airlines are not directly involved in the negotiations.

mrosenberg@sfexaminer.com

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