Following a unanimous vote on Monday night, more than 1,200 security guards, baggage handlers and wheelchair attendants across JFK and LaGuardia airports plan to go on strike. Unless their demands are met, the strike will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, during a shift change, with picket lines at JFK's Terminal 7. The picket line location at LaGuardia is still being hammered out with the NYPD, but will likely be outside terminal B or D.

All of the workers who have given strike notice make the Port Authority's mandated minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, and are striking for higher wages, benefits, and union representation. They are employed by Aviation Safeguards, a non-union subcontractor for Delta, British Airways, and United Airlines that has been called out in recent months for allegedly shortchanging baggage handlers' paychecks and forcing them to work in the cold without adequate winter gear.

According to SEIU 32BJ, the union that is helping the workers organize, Aviation Safeguards has illegally ordered employees to take off their union buttons in recent months, and threatened to fire them for striking. This, despite a September 2014 settlement with the National Labor Relations Board over alleged anti-union threats.

Security guards notified Delta of the impending strike a week before today's announcement, in order to give the airline enough time to come up with backup security. Unaffiliated with the TSA, these guards provide general security throughout the terminals.

A spokesman for SEIU 32BJ told us under the condition of anonymity that "there may be some disruption" in Delta terminals, and a spokeswoman confirmed that many of the striking security guards work beyond TSA screening checkpoints—meaning their jobs require significant training and Port Authority certification, and are not replaceable in a day.

Michael Carey, a lead organizer for the strike, has been a security guard at Delta's Terminal 7 for six years. A year ago, unable to afford the cost of living in Brooklyn, he moved from East New York to Hackensack, New Jersey with his two kids.

"I'm not going to lie: I do love my job," he said. "But we've been fighting for our rights for a long time. We want to open eyes—not only Aviation Safeguards', but other companies contracted by the Port Authority."

We have reached out to Delta and Aviation Safeguards for comment, and will update with any additional information they provide.

UPDATE: Delta spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf made the following statement:

While Aviation Safeguards and SEIU 32BJ continue to discuss their concerns, Delta will be taking measures to ensure that our more than 35,000 customers booked through LaGuardia on Thursday are not affected.

UPDATE: At an emergency meeting this afternoon in Elmhurst, the workers announced that they had reached an agreement with Aviation Safeguards, and that the strike, scheduled to begin tonight at 10:00, had been called off. Aviation Safeguards has agreed to recognized SEIU 32BJ as the workers' union of choice, and bargain a contract.

"Brothers and sisters, we are winning because we are fighting, and because we are saying to Corporate America, the time is now to share the wealth in this country," said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, addressing the crowd.

According to a union press release, 32BJ plans to negotiate for a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour, as well as "affordable" healthcare. Negotiations will likely begin this fall. The announcement came an hour before Governor Cuomo's Fast Food Wage Board officially recommended to increase wages in that industry to $15 by 2018.