New York Area Airport Workers to See Minimum Wage Rise to $19

By Paul Riegler on 27 September 2018
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John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

John F. Kennedy International Airport from the air

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates multiple New York-area airports, announced Thursday that its board had voted to authorize a $19 minimum wage that will benefit as many as 40,000 airport workers.

The raise will go into effect over the next five years.

“This campaign is about respect and paying a fair living wage for honest work in an industry that depends on its employees to safely operate some of the most important public facilities in our nation – our airports,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new pay scale, which will benefit workers at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, and Newark Liberty International airports, includes those who work as baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, caterers, and wheelchair attendants.

Workers at Newark will see the greatest increase: they have been earning significantly less than their counterparts at the two airports in New York primarily because the state’s minimum wage for airport workers is currently set at $10.45. The minimum wage in New York is currently $13 per hour and will rise to $15 on December 31.

On November 1, workers at Newark will begin to be paid $12.45 per hour.

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