Following President Barack Obama’s call to raise the federal minimum wage, the port authority is demanding higher wages for airline workers to meet the proposed $10.10.
The executive director of Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Patrick Foye, wrote a letter to major airline workers Tuesday night, NY Daily News reported.
Foye is proposing all airline workers making less than $9 an hour receive an additional $1 an hour immediately, eventually phasing into $10.10.
Airline wheelchair workers from the contractor Air Serv are currently receiving $7.25 an hour because the company classifies it as a tip-wage position.
Foye stated that improved wage and health benefits packages are needed for employees contracted to work on the LaGuardia Central Terminal renovation.
According to NY Daily News, Foye said the port authority would work with airlines and major contractors to develop a three- or five-year plan, and a draft will be developed in 90 days.