New York area airport workers delay strike, but threat looms

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Hundreds of workers at all three major New York area airports are headed to work Wednesday

Hundreds of workers at all three major New York area airports are headed to work Wednesday after a planned strike was delayed, but the threat still looms as talks continue.

Approximately 700 workers -- including baggage handlers, cleaners and customer service agents at Newark Liberty, JFK and LaGuardia airport -- were set to go on strike in a labor dispute with their employer, PrimeFlight, a subcontractor for several airlines.

But employees said American Airlines contacted them overnight to come up with an agreement, and talks were to continue. A spokesperson for 32BJ Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, said rallies were still planned in support of their cause.

Some walked off the job at Newark Airport at 9 p.m. Tuesday, but all were expected to report for work Wednesday.

The workers are alleging unfair labor practices.

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