'We Don't Know Their Plans': Airport Workers Fear Privatization Puts Jobs At Risk

About 500 airport workers are city employees. Clark Hubbard said many of the people who have reached out to her are worried about losing the protections and benefits they have as civil service employees.

Mayor Lyda Krewson said workers shouldn’t worry.

“There’s always change, but I don’t think anyone is going to lose their job over this,” she said. “Some people have expressed to me that they don't want to work for another company, they just want to work for the city. For those people who feel like that, we’ll find a spot for them in the city.”

Krewson noted that there are over 1,000 open jobs in other parts of city government.

The initial application to the Federal Aviation Administration’s privatization program was made near the end of former Mayor Francis Slay’s term in March 2017. Slay now serves as a lobbyist for Ferrovial Airports, a company that could bid on the airport contract.

Krewson has remained publicly neutral on whether the airport should be leased.

“I am not committed to privatizing the operation of the airport,” she said. “We’ve got to see what we get before we know.”

Such a move would require a vote of the Board of Aldermen, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment (which includes the mayor, the board president and the comptroller), a majority of the airlines that fly in and out of Lambert, as well as the FAA.

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