SEIU plans Wednesday march at LAX; Traffic disruption possible

If you have a flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, you might want to leave a little extra time to get to the airport.

Starting at around 12:30 p.m., the Service Employees International Union – United Service Workers West plans to organize an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington.

A union source said about 200 people are expected. The plan is to march from the airport’s central administrative offices, between Terminals 1 and 7, to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. It’s not clear what kind of traffic this will cause, though with only a couple of hundred marchers, it could be relatively minimal.

The union represents many service workers at the airport including sky caps, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and janitors. According to the union release announcing the march: “Many LAX workers are paid far less than what it takes to raise a family and lack health care that is affordable to use.”

Wednesday’s action should be considerably quieter than one the union organized on the day before Thanksgiving 2012. At that march, about a dozen people were arrested after they refused to disperse from the corner of Century and Sepulveda boulevards, according to a story by KPCC reporter Ben Bergman.

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