Orlando International Airport wheelchair attendants to strike over better wages, benefits

ORLANDO, Fla. — People who push wheelchairs for Frontier and American Airlines are walking off the job on Thursday.

Wheelchair attendants said the short staffing issue is leading to missed flights for elderly and disabled passengers.

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This comes right before the Thanksgiving holiday rush.

It could impact passengers who need a wheelchair to get onto or off their flight.

The wheelchair attendants are protesting for better wages and benefits.

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They said they make as little as $7.98 an hour, have unreliable tips, earn no paid sick days or other meaningful benefits and that they are dangerously overworked.

The strikers are employed by Baggage Airlines Guest Services Inc.

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Channel 9 reached out to the company for comment, but we haven’t heard back yet.

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