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LAX workers hold May Day protest amid heightened security

May 1, 2012 |  7:12 am

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport could have a busy day Tuesday. Not only are they dealing with airport workers picketing because of May Day, but they are also contending with heightened security because it's the eve of the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.

The planned protest involves LAX airport workers, L.A. labor unions, community members and religious leaders. The protesters planned to picket outside various terminals from 3 a.m. Tuesday until midnight.

About 1,200 members of United Service Workers West are expected to participate in a demonstration and march starting at noon at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. They said in a statement their protest is meant to "call attention to unfair labor practices by airport contractors and the airlines that hire them, interfering with their right to organize."

The union members will march on the north side of the Central Terminal Area, then head east from Terminal 1 onto Century Boulevard to Avion Street, where the march will end.

Century Boulevard will be closed from noon to 4 p.m. between Airport Boulevard and the LAX central terminal area. Traffic headed to LAX on westbound Century will be diverted to northbound Airport Boulevard.

Airport police officials have said they were working with the labor unions to ensure the protest does not disrupt passenger traffic. Police, however, advised passengers, visitors and airport employees that traffic congestion and delays are possible during the rally.

Airport police said travelers should give themselves an extra 45 minutes to account for possible delays.

Motorists heading to LAX on westbound Century Boulevard will be diverted north on Airport Boulevard, then west on 96th Street to north Vicksburg Street and into the terminal area.

There were no specific threats against LAX because of the Bin Laden anniversary, but airports around the country are on heightened alert.


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