Miami International Airport (2016)
Up to 2016 Eulen had used Ultra Aviation, Inc. as a subcontractor to perform baggage handling work at the tug drive of terminal D of Miami International Airport. In the past Eulen referred to Ultra as a key subcontractor from which it derived hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts.
The Ultra workers subcontracted by Eulen reported many issues about their worksite, including poor ventilation with exposure to carbon monoxide fumes and high temperatures, lack of protective equipment, drinking water being sourced from a tap next to a toilet, and driving vehicles in dangerous conditions. It was only after the Ultra workers started organizing and provided public testimony to county officials and the press that Eulen agreed to bring additional fans to the worksite as well as switch the gas-powered tugs to electric tugs.
After these workers started organizing for better conditions, Eulen’s subcontractor reacted with intimidation tactics – interrogation, impression of surveillance and threats of reprisals, prompting the workers to file unfair labor practices charges against Ultra, the NLRB found merit in the charges presented by the workers. Shortly after Ultra agreed to settlement with the NLRB, the workers at tug drive of terminal D received layoff notices. The workers were later instructed to apply to Eulen because Eulen would perform this work itself rather than subcontract it to Ultra. Yet, Eulen did not hire a significant amount of the displaced workers, all of whom were union activists and several of whom have been leaders in the organizing efforts at the airport. Eulen’s failure to hire all of the Ultra displaced workers is a blow to those who exercise their rights to improve working conditions.
Since 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Eulen for multiple violations of federal workplace health and safety standards at Tampa International Airport.
Tampa International Airport (2012): In 2012 as part of two investigations that resulted from an inspection of Eulen America, Inc., as a Delta Airlines’ service contractor at Tampa International Airport, Eulen was issued five different citations for violating federal standards.
- In one inspection Eulen was found to have violated standards related to blood-borne pathogens. OSHA found that even though Eulen’s cabin cleaners were exposed to blood-borne pathogens, Eulen had failed to develop and implement a written exposure control plan. The Eulen Corporate Safety Director agreed that they would develop and implement a blood-borne pathogen exposure control plan and offer the Hepatitis B Vaccine to exposed employees.
- In another inspection Eulen was cited and fined for a total of $4,050, of which $3,240 were for a serious violation due to Eulen’s ramp employees who opened the door of an airplane without the extension of guardrails. $810 were due to Eulen’s failure not to record an accident in its OSHA Log where an employee was climbing down stairs of high lift truck fell and sustained injuries. Eulen entered into an informal settlement with OSHA agreeing to pay $3,038 for both of these violations.
- In the same inspection Eulen was cited but not fined for two additional violations which included vehicle nameplates being illegible and not including the date of evaluation and identity of the person(s) performing the training and evaluation.
Tampa International Airport (2014): In October 2014 an OSHA inspector found that employees were exposed to noise hazards and Eulen neglected to identify a document as a certification of damage assessment. Eulen was cited but not fined for this violation.