Last-minute deal reached in Philly airport strike ahead of DNC

In a last-minute deal, airport workers in Philadelphia have called off a strike they had planned during the Democratic National Convention.

The deal, brokered by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, between American Airlines and a local Service Employees International Union, keeps about 1,000 airport workers on the job as 8,000 Democratic delegates and 50,000 convention-goers come to Pennsylvania for the national convention next week.

“Our focus is on giving all of our customers the best possible service and travel experience to Philadelphia,” Cedric Rockamore, Philadelphia hub vice president for American Airlines said in a statement.

The workers voted on July 12 to strike.

The “deal” buys time for union representatives and American Airlines – which will spend the next several days negotiating over wage increases, clarity on sick pay, better scheduling and the ability to join a union.

There have been large rallies and a march at the Philadelphia airport in support of the workers. On Thursday, a group of clergy were arrested in the airport when they held a sit-in. The clergy members were written up and released.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Mayor Kenney and Gov. Wolf on behalf of workers. We are moved by the clergy members… who just yesterday took arrest to defend workers’ rights,” Gabe Morgan, vice president of the SEIU 32BJ group told