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Update: Protesters arrested at LAX march; doesn't disrupt Thanksgiving travel. Yet

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A member of USWW is apprehended after disobeying orders to disperse in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A total of 12 people were arrested in the march.

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Drummer Eduardo Garcia of Orange County leads a chant as a protest by LAX workers begins on Airport and Century Boulevards on Wednesday. The protest was put on after Aviation Safeguards, an LAX passenger services contractor, terminated SEIU contracts last year.

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Los Angeles Police Department officers wait for the crowd of protestors as a Teamsters truck passes by outside the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012. More than a thousand protestors were said to be in attendance at the event.

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Officers prepare to make their move on 12 protestors during the LAX worker march on Thanksgiving Eve in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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Karen Hernandez, wearing a crown reading "Respect at LAX," cheers as workers prepare to make a U-turn onto Century Boulevard towards Sepulveda Boulevard.

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Melissa Chadburn is apprehended by Los Angeles Police Department officers in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A dozen protestors were arrested in a march led by LAX workers.

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Left to right - Ana Grande, Melissa Chadburn and Elisa Gonzalez join nine other protestors in a sit down demonstration during a march led by LAX workers which resulted in their arrest on the corner of South Sepulveda and West Century Boulevards in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012. The protestors demanded

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USWW staffer Ernesto Guerrero leads a meeting for security captains before the Thanksgiving Eve march. Earlier this year, contact negotiations between more than 400 LAX workers and Aviation Safeguard fell through.

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SEIU says Aviation Safeguard has stopped paying into the health care trust fund, which has cut off affordable healthcare for more than 400 workers.

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A group of 12 protestors sits on the corner of South Sepulveda and West Century Boulevards before being apprehended in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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Jose, center, and Karen Hernandez chant as the Century Progress March begins. SEIU chose one of the busiest days in travel, with hopes of raising more attention.

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Legal assistants for the union stand by during the LAX march on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Police surround protestors and begin to make arrests during the Thanksgiving Eve LAX worker march in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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SEIU United Service Workers West is a collective of more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, and airport service workers throughout California. Employees from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County were bussed to the march on Wednesday.

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A member of USWW is apprehended after disobeying orders to disperse in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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Mauricio Vasquez of Workers United Local 52 and other LAX service employees cross Century Boulevard to join Wednesday's march.

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Contracts for 2,000 USWW airport workers are set to expire this year.

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Lewis Logan, center, joins LAX workers and others in a march at LAX on Thanksgiving Eve in Los Angeles, Calif., Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

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Drummers Carmen, left, and Jose Garcia practice before the march begins. For both, Wednesday's Century Progress March was their first protest.

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Bus drivers picked up and dropped off LAX service workers from their homes throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.


UPDATE 1:50 p.m.: LAPD has arrested about a dozen protesters who refused to move from the intersection of Century  and Sepulveda boulevards near LAX. 

The arrests came after LAPD officers called it an "unlawful assembly."

Protesters near the intersection could be heard chanting "Shame on you!" as the officers cleared the road.

While the protest has led to detours on the main route into and out of the airport, it is not disrupting operations inside the terminals.

UPDATE 1:22 p.m.: Hundreds of union members have begun a permitted march near the entrance to LAX, where travelers have been warned to arrive early in case of traffic snarls, the Associated Press reports.

Members of the Service Employees International Union began marching at midday Wednesday, with a large police presence standing by. The union is in a dispute with an airport services company that no longer has SEIU contracts.

The march began several hours after the end of the airport's peak travel period in the morning. The LAPD planned a series of moving road closures to divert traffic around the march.

UPDATE 8:45 a.m.: It’s pretty quiet at LAX Wednesday morning. The labor action has been rescheduled to between noon and 2 p.m. along Century Boulevard near the airport.

Officials are advising passengers to avoid the intersection of Century and Airport boulevards during that time.

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This is not a strike because no one is walking off the job.
 
The march is being lead by SEIU, which says Aviation Safeguards walked away from its contract with employees, leaving about 400 people unrepresented and without health insurance.
 
SEIU represents non-flying workers, including security guards, skycaps, and janitors.
 
Aviation Safeguards says that its employees voluntary walked away from the union and are earning more now than they did under SEIU's representation.

PREVIOUSLY: Protesters are beginning to gather for a labor march set for Wednesday that could delay Thanksgiving eve travelers at LAX on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Members of the Service Employees International Union are expected to march between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday outside the Century Boulevard entrance to the airport.

The union is in a dispute with an airport services company that terminated SEIU contracts last year.

Airport officials say travelers should add 90 minutes to their planned airport arrival time on top of the usual two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight.

All airport entrances will remain open. Officials report that traffic in and around the airport has been flowing normally during the day's peak travel period, which began at 6 a.m. and ends at 9 a.m.

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