Labor Conflict Takes Off at Denver Airport

A local labor union is targeting a janitorial contractor at Denver International Airport over allegations that the company is refusing to negotiate health care benefits for workers.According to a Friday e-mail message sent from Katherine Michienzi, a researcher for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) local in Colorado, the union is launching a campaign against BG Service Solutions, a company that cleans trains at the Denver airport.

The union states that the business has refused to continue providing health insurance for workers, even after employees agreed to a compromise that would give up pensions, vacation and sick time in exchange for health insurance.

Attempts to contact BG Service Solutions over the weekend were unsuccessful.

The conflict motivated the union to publish the e-mail message, which encouraged supporters to call the business, voicing support for the company to bargain in “good faith.”

A search of National Labor Relations Board documents, the federal agency that investigates unfair labor practices throughout the country, found no prior cases regarding BG Service Solutions.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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