Baggage handlers protest outside JFK Airport's Terminal 7

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Posted: Feb 12, 2015 12:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Baggage handlers have demonstrated outside the British Airways terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport to protest what they called unfair labor practices.

Amity Paye, spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union, says the workers set up a picket line at 6 a.m. Thursday.

She says the one day-protest began with about 30 workers employed by Aviation Safeguards.

The company's CEO, Craig Coy, says only a few workers were involved. He says there were no baggage or flight disruptions.

The Port Authority and British Airways confirmed that operations were normal.

Paye says the baggage handlers are fighting for the right to unionize, higher wages and benefits.

Coy said the company values and respects its workers.