A strike has been averted at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and workers have moved one step closer toward union representation with an agreement announced Monday between Air Serv Corporation and Service Employees International Union Local 26 (link is external).

Air Serv employs about 700 cart drivers, wheelchair agents, cabin cleaners, lavatory and water service fillers, unaccompanied minor escorts and baggage handlers at MSP. Two weeks ago, the workers announced they had voted to strike if no progress was made toward better working conditions and the right to form a union.

On Monday, SEIU and Air Serv released the following statement:

“SEIU Local 26 and Air Serv Corporation have resolved issues surrounding a threatened one-day strike at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Air Serv and SEIU have a shared goal to create an environment in which employees can freely choose a union representative if they so desire. Therefore, both parties have agreed to a process where Air Serv will remain neutral on the issue of unionization at the Airport, and SEIU has agreed to cancel threatened strike activity. Employee choice will be protected in an environment of labor peace.”
Airport workers avert strike, take big step toward union representation | Workday Minnesota