Updated 12/18/2012 11:07 PM
JFK Airport Security Guards Halt Authorized Strike
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Union officials announced Tuesday that security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport who had planned to strike on Thursday, during the height of the holiday travel season, are now halting that plan.
Workers at Air Serv Corp. and Global Elite Group Inc. voted last week to authorize a strike on Thursday.
They said they were rushed into doing plane searches with shoddy equipment, causing security gaps at the airport.
But now, they say they'll wait to find out how scheduled meetings go with their employers.
Guards rallied at JFK Tuesday night.
They've threatened to strike over issues including safety, training and equipment.
"Air Serv has been treating us very unfairly," said Prince Jackson, an Air Serv security guard. "They have been trying to silence us, to intimidate us as far as organizing, getting together, and, you know, so that we can improve our working standards and our conditions here at the airport."
Air Serv said in a statement it values employees' input on matters of concern and will be speaking with them in the coming days.
The Port Authority runs JFK and has been pushing for the sides to meet in an effort to avoid any crippling holiday slowdowns.