Big Apple Area Airport Workers Take a Stand
They tell us we should feel lucky to have a job. Don’t get me wrong, we are blessed to be working. But we also feel that we should be treated better, with fair wages, health insurance, more than one week of vacation, job security, and better working conditions.
At Newark Liberty International (EWR), John F. Kennedy International (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA) airports, about 12,000 low-wage subcontracted airport service workers provide crucial services such as cabin cleaning, terminal security, baggage handling, wheelchair assistance, and sky cap services. They work for contractors hired by airlines and terminal operators and they struggle to get by on wages as low as $8.00 per hour with no affordable healthcare and no paid sick days in one of the most expensive cities in the country.
The workers are struggling for justice, respect and a voice in their workplaces.