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Airlines at New York Airports Ordered to Raise Employees’ Wages by $1 Per Hour

Jan 30, 2014 10:00 am

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The harsh working conditions of many NYC airport workers was revealed in a Wall Street Journal story earlier this month, but it was President Obama’s announcement during the State of the Union address that prompted the PANYNJ to move quickly.

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People walk past an American Airlines logo on a wall at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport in in New York November 27, 2013. Carlo Allegri / Reuters


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has ordered four airlines at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports to raise wages by $1 an hour for workers making $9 or less per hour.

The agency’s director, Patrick Foye, called for the raise in a letter to American, Delta, JetBlue and United. He said it should eventually go up to $10.10 per hour.

Foye also told the airlines to grant the airport workers’ request to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday.

He acted after President Barack Obama announced in his State of the Union address Tuesday that he was signing an executive order increasing the minimum wage for future federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

The Daily News first reported on the letter Wednesday.

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