City airport commissioners rejected a request Monday from a bidder for a coffee concession at Los Angeles International Airport to reconsider a decision extending the contract of the existing concessionaire.
The airport commission decided earlier this month to put aside the bids for a new contract until it completes a master plan for airport concessions.
The bidder, Larry Emerine, president of Local Concepts, had charged that an airport commissioner who is the county's top labor leader led the effort, unfairly blocking Emerine's nonunion firm from winning the contract.
Local Concepts was the top-rated bidder for the concession to operate three coffee shops.
Emerine also said the commissioner, Miguel Contreras, had a conflict of interest because his wife heads a union that represents workers for another company competing for the contract.