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LAX workers plan protest on Thanksgiving Eve

File photo from 2012 of a busy Los Angeles International Airport.
November 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Union workers at Los Angeles International Airport plan to march on Thanksgiving Eve to protest a company they say terminated union contracts and rescinded all health insurance.

Some 1,000 Service Employees International Union workers will march on Century Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon - one of the busiest travel days of the year -- to bring attention to its dispute with LAX contractor Aviation Safeguards.

"Workers are being forced to take drastic action," said SEIU member Ernesto Guerrero. "It's not going to be a strike, but it's definitely going to be a major street action coming into the airport."

The union says the company illegally decertified the union and took away their healthcare. The company says workers voted to leave the union and that it has given workers a wage increase to compensate for its new healthcare policy.

People planning on heading or arriving to LAX should prepare for delays. Officials at LAX say they are forecasting the airport will serve nearly 1.8 million passengers during the upcoming 10-day Thanksgiving travel period.

The Auto Club of Southern California expects more than 3 million travelers on the Thanksgiving holiday. Nearly 350,000 of them are expected to go by plane.

According to AAA, the top destination for people leaving Southern California is Las Vegas.

Gas prices in Los Angeles are currently around $3.83 for a gallon of regular, almost a full dollar below last month's record. It's $3.79 in Orange County, $3.80 in the Inland Empire and $3.83 in Ventura County.

For Southern California resident Jeff Duncan, going on a local trip to the Mojave Desert during the holiday is a less expensive option in more ways than one.

"It saves a bit and keeps my wife out of the mall on Black Friday, too," he said with a laugh.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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