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Union march outside LAX expected to jam pre-Thanksgiving traffic

A huge labor march is expected to snarl traffic around Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just as passengers are arriving and departing for Thanksgiving trips.

The day before Thanksgiving is typically one of the busiest of the year at LAX.

People are being advised to arrive at terminals two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international flights, the Los Angeles Police Department said. 

Police said the labor demonstration by the Service Employees Union is expected to last from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Passengers arriving during this five-hour period are advised to add an additional 90 minutes to their planned drive time," the LAPD said in a statement.

The union, which represents LAX workers, said in a statement that an airport contractor is violating the city's living-wage ordinance and has eliminated affordable healthcare for more than 400 workers.

Union supporters said they were expecting more than 1,000 protesters.

The protest is expected to clog airport entrances on westbound Century Boulevard and northbound Sepulveda Boulevard north of the Sepulveda Tunnel. 

People can check the city's Department of Transportation website for real-time LAX traffic updates.

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