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NYC-area airport workers protest ‘poverty wages’ during Thanksgiving week

JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Airport employees ‘fed up’

November 25, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Employees of private contractors at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are holding protests during Thanksgiving week to bring attention to their “poverty wages and poor working conditions.”  

The crisis, workers say, is caused by low-bid subcontracting by airlines of security, cleaning, baggage handling and other functions at to private contractors, who pay significantly less than those directly employed by the airlines and the Port Authority.

According to a report released by the University of California at Berkeley on November 4, airport workers saw their real hourly wages fall by an average of 15 percent from 2002 to 2012. According to the report, one out of three airport workers live in poverty and receive taxpayer assistance.

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In a statement, employees said they are fed up with their concerns being ignored. They planned to protest outside terminals and pass out leaflets on Monday and Wednesday, and meet with local clergy, 32BJ SEIU and Queens Councilman-elect Costa Constantinides for a Thanksgiving prayer at Newark airport on Tuesday.


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