Demand Living Wage for Airport Workers

Target: Michael P. Huerta, FAA Administrator

Goal: Regulate third-party contracted airport workers to ensure they earn an hourly wage with which they can support themselves and their families.

Airport workers at some of America’s busiest airports staged hunger strikes during the Thanksgiving travel rush. These same workers are often living out of their cars because they have to choose between food and shelter. That’s a choice no hard-working person should ever have to make.

These workers assist travelers with everything from navigating their way through airports to carrying luggage and keeping children safe. In return, they’re seeking basic human rights. They’re asking for $15 an hour pay, health care, paid sick leave, and the right to form a union. Workers indicate that when they were employed directly by airports or the airlines, they were well compensated, but when, seeking to save money, their employers instead started using outside contractors to fill the same roles, wages fell and all other compensation vanished.

At a time when most Americans were enjoying a table of plenty with their families, these workers, who helped many get home to those family tables, were struggling to put a modest meal on their own table. This is not the American way and does not embody the message we all receive as we grow up: that working hard will lead to results. Demand the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulate the use of third-party laborers to ensure the workers receive the basic benefits they’re seeking.


Dear Mr. Huerta,

Airport workers across America need your help. Efforts to save fliers money have pushed them to the brink of poverty and left them without basic employee benefits. Many have been reduced to choosing between paying rent or buying food. As head of the Federal Aviation Administration, you have the power to step in on behalf of these workers who assist fliers with everything from airport navigation to safety.

The airport workers have simple demands: $15 an hour salary, access to health care, paid sick leave, and the right to form a union so their rights will be protected in the future.

On behalf of all hard-working Americans, we demand that the FAA regulate the use of third-party laborers at airports to ensure those workers receive the basic employee benefits they seek and will continue to be protected in the future.


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