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  •  Well, this seems to be only half true (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, FG
    The action isn't a strike or walkout, so service in the airport should be uninterrupted, but if you're driving into LAX Wednesday afternoon, chances are you'll be well aware there's a labor dispute going on.
    If this were literally true, then it would be a very good strategy on the part of the SEIU -- be very visible, but don't add extra time and aggravation to what is already the worst day of the year for someone who has to travel on that day.  After all, you want those travelers to be on your side, instead of becoming hugely angry with you for making an already horrible travel day even worse.  

    Unfortunately, it seems that local officials believe that the presence of the SEIU is going to add significantly to the aggravation of those people forced to travel today because they will slow down access to the airport.  See, for example, here:

    A planned union protest has prompted airport officials to advise people to add an extra 90 minutes to their arrival time if they plan to drive to LAX Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Los Angeles International Airport officials Monday advised people heading to the airport on Wednesday to expect a longer-than-usual drive, thanks to a planned union march on Century Boulevard.

    While airport officials have been advising people to arrive two hours in advance of domestic flights and three hours before international flights, they recommended that people planning to drive to LAX between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today add about 90 minutes to their anticipated travel time.

    Members of the Service Employees International Union are planning to march on Century Boulevard for about three hours to protest what the union calls unfair labor practices by an airport contractor, Aviation Safeguards.

    There are similar statements in other news outlets.  See also here and here and here.  

    It seems to me that the whole reason for an action such as this (especially when you are dealing with a public entity like an airport) is to get the public on your side.  And that means winning the messaging war.  If travelers believe that this demonstration adds, as has been repeatedly reported, 90 minutes to their ordeal, or if people actually miss flights because of any delay, it seems to me this may be counterproductive.  You don't want to schedule something like this if its main effect is to make the public angry at you.  

    •  It's called, "Working the refs." (3+ / 0-)
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      JayBat, Egalitare, a2nite

      Plan for delays during the Thanksgiving week travel period, but blame them on union workers.  Best of both worlds that way:  Management need not take extra mitigation measures, and they're one step closer to removing unions from the picture.

      •  No, this particular delay is due to union workers. (2+ / 0-)
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        coffeetalk, VClib

        They are planning to physically block parts of Century Boulevard. Maybe they should have thought of a better way of accomplishing their goal without pissing everyone off.

      •  Well, it depends on what kind of delays. (2+ / 0-)
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        valion, VClib

        It appears that SEIU is going to be protesting alone the busiest routes that get you to and from the airport.  So the delays getting to and from the airport are going to be blamed on SEIU.  If someone has to leave 90 minutes earlier than the previous recommendation that you get there 2 hours in advance, they are probably going to blame the extra 90 minutes on the SEIU. And if someone doesn't get the message, and it takes that person an extra 90 minutes just to get to the airport, and that extra 90 minutes getting to the airport causes the person to miss his flight, that person is going to blame the SEIU.

        Separate delays once you get into the airport (the long lines for baggage check in, for example) aren't going to be blamed on SEIU.  

        Of course the union had to know that protesting along the busiest route getting to the airport on the busiest traffic day of the year was going to slow traffic.  I'm no traffic expert and I could figure that one out.  And if you do something that slows traffic, you must expect to be blamed for slowing traffic.  

        After all, if they were doing nothing to slow traffic today, management couldn't blame them for slowing traffic.  

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