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Our transportation systems will be put to the test when delegates for the Democratic National Convention arrive in Philadelphia next week. (WPVI)

Our transportation systems will be put to the test when delegates for the Democratic National Convention arrive in Philadelphia next week.

And there are fears a strike by some workers at the Philadelphia International Airport could disrupt travel for the DNC.

"The workers have voted to strike. Keep in mind, these workers are not in a union," said Gabe Morgan of Service Employees International Union 32BJ.

That potential walkout would be by those who check bags curbside and transfer luggage inside the terminals. They also direct passengers to the right TSA line, attend to wheelchairs and clean airplanes.

They work for contractors like Prime Flight, which is hired by the airlines.

They want a $15 per hour starting wage, and union representation. They hope arriving DNC delegates will embrace their cause should they walk out.

"I think what we're asking DNC delegates to do is exactly what the DNC is asking Americans all across the country to do, which is support a pro-worker agenda," said Morgan.

As for impact on airport operations?

"We'll have to see," said Morgan.

No deadline has been given for any potential strike. Workers are planning a rally for Tuesday.

When the strike vote was taken last week, Mayor Jim Kenney put out a statement saying he supported the workers' efforts, but didn't anticipate the workers would interfere with airport services during the DNC.

American Airlines said it did not anticipate any customer service issues during the DNC if there was some sort of job action.

As far as other transportation issues during the DNC: SEPTA doesn't believe its current rail system woes will have much impact. Most of the delegates are expected to use chartered buses and the subway.

Uber has been given a temporary green light to operate in the city for the summer, though at this point lawyers are still working out if the car service can pick up and drop off at the airport.
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