From today’s NBC News:
Airport workers across the country are rallying and walking off the job Thursday to draw attention to their current working conditions and legislation that could improve them.
Workers at 15 U.S. airports, including ones in Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Phoenix, plan to participate in on-site rallies. Formal strikes — which could disrupt operations — are planned at Boston’s Logan International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport.
The actions are expected to take place throughout the day and will see cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, janitors, security guards, wheelchair attendants and others participate.
“Airport workers like me and working people all across the economy are fed up,” Verna Montalvo, a cabin cleaner at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said in a statement provided by the Service Employees International Union, which is planning the action.
The rallies are in support of the Good Jobs for Good Airports Act, introduced in June by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. It would set a minimum wage of $15 for airport service workers, as well as ensure the workers have paid time off, holidays, adequate health care and other benefits. It would be similar to what other federal contractors currently receive.
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