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Baggage Handlers Picket Outside JFK Airport's Terminal 7

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A few dozen baggage handlers set up a picket line outside the British Airways terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport to protest what they call unfair labor practices.

Amity Paye, spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union, said the workers set up a picket line at 6 a.m. Thursday. The one day-protest began with about 30 workers employed by Aviation Safeguards.

Only a few workers were involved and there were no baggage or flight disruptions, the company's CEO, Craig Coy, said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and British Airways confirmed that operations were normal.

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

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