Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Sea-Tac aircraft fuelers authorize strike: Press conference to be held noon Wednesday - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Washington


Aircraft fuelers at Seattle Tacoma International Airport voted to authorize a strike after an employee reporting unsafe working conditions was suspended indefinitely, according to a statement by labor group Working Washington.

The vote involved aircraft fuelers hired by contractor Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG). The fuelers service planes for Alaska Airlines and other airlines, and could create delays at Sea-Tac airport if they strike.

According to Working Washington, airport workers claimed ASIG suspended indefinitely fuel technician Alex Popescu after his August testimony to the Port of Seattle describing faulty and unsafe equipment.

Popescu reported additional broken equipment in September, the labor group said.

Fuel workers are asking ASIG to reinstate Popescu and address workplace safety concerns.

Aircraft fueler Gary Yancey said the vote "is about our right to speak out about safety and fairness," according to Working Washington. "Trying to get rid of someone who was speaking out for all of us doesn't make the airport any safer."

The workers will reveal details at a press conference 12 p.m. Wednesday.

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