Airport workers in New York City have been fighting for economic justice, dignity and respect for over two years and last night they won a huge victory when the Port Authority agreed to meet their demands.
Just over one week ago, on the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we marched at LaGuardia Airport with workers, elected officials, clergy, and community leaders.
Last night we received a letter from the New York Port Authority that agreed to:
- give workers their first paid holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday;
- phase in a wage increase to $10.10;
- sit down with airlines, contractors and 32BJ over the next 90 days to hammer out a 3-5 year plan with the goal of delivering fair wages and benefits to airport workers.
This fight isn’t over, but the news from the Port Authority is a significant first step. We will keep fighting for economic justice for airport workers and their families. Not just in New York and New Jersey, but up and down the east coast from Boston to Miami. Raising standards for low-wage workers isn’t just the right thing to do; it also helps us protect our standards for our own good union jobs.