NYC Congressmembers Issue Joint Statement Regarding Eulen Employees at JFK
Aug 1, 2019
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Reps. from New York Grace Meng, Adriano Espaillat, Jerry Nadler, Greg Meeks, Nydia Velázquez, Max Rose, José E. Serrano, Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clarke, Hakeem Jeffries, and Eliot Engel issued the following joint statement regarding Eulen America’s treatment of its workers at John F. Kennedy Airport. Eulen is a private contractor at the airport whose employees work for American Airlines as baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and wheelchair attendants.
“Over the last several weeks, we have heard troubling reports of worker mistreatment at JFK Airport. The allegations made by Eulen America employees raise serious concerns. Employees have accused Eulen of workplace violations such as forcing employees to take their paid sick days when they weren’t sick, or lose them, and of not providing employees allowances for uniform cleaning, forcing them to pay for often expensive cleaning out of pocket. The allegations of unfair treatment and ignoring workers’ rights are serious, and we are deeply concerned.
Working men and women are the backbone of our nation, and we will always stand with them for their rights and fair working conditions. For American Airlines, the staff of Eulen America who serve as baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and wheelchair attendants, helps ensure a satisfying flying experience for passengers. It is in the public interest to ensure that Eulen workers are treated fairly, and that they’re provided with the benefits to which they are entitled. The dispute between Eulen and its employees must be resolved as soon as possible, and we urge both parties to come to the table, and work in good faith to settle their differences.”