Everybody should have a union…. It gives us a voice. It gives you the power to change things that need to be changed.

~ Leslie Williams, 32BJ Member, New Jersey

First Contract for Airport Workers

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In 2012, a small group of New Jersey airport workers began to organize for better wages and union representation with 32BJ SEIU. They were fighting for dignity, respect, higher wages and benefits. Their movement quickly grew and soon workers at JFK, LaGuardia and airports around the country took up the fight for good jobs. Airport workers held marches, rallies and even got arrested on Martin Luther King Day to demand their rights and they began winning! They won MLK Day as a paid holiday and were able to get the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise their wages from $7.25 an hour to S10.10. For some it was the first raise they ever got at the airports.

After four years of a tough fight, 8,000 New York and New Jersey airport workers settled their first union contract in December 2016 that provided important workplace rights and protections including seniority rules, scheduling protocols, disciplinary procedures and health and safety guidelines under 11 airline subcontractors who have given their employees union recognition! This union contract is a legal document that protects workers’ rights on the job. Rights that were a result of hours of employers sitting down with airport workers, listening to their demands and coming to agreements. This contract covers more than half of the subcontracted airport workers in New York and New Jersey and sets a new industry standard for future contracts in the region.

NJ and NYM Airport Workers Kick Off Bargaining of 1st Contract

There are two contracts: The Kennedy, LaGuardia & Newark Airports Security Officers Agreement and the Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports  Service Workers Agreement.  Below are links to copies of those contracts in English and in Spanish.

 

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