New York’s airports are major economic engines for our region — attracting big business, boosting tourism and driving trade. But while growth at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark continues to take off, more than 12,000 hardworking men and women at these facilities remain grounded, barely scraping by on the minimum wage with a shrinking paycheck that just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Here’s the reality: It’s long past time to raise the minimum wage for all workers. No New Yorker — whether a security officer, baggage handler or ticketing agent — should have to live in fear that they won’t be able to feed their family or afford basic health care.
Last year, I proudly raised the minimum wage for airport workers to $10.10 per hour and this year, I’m fighting for $15. Now the Port Authority must get on board and do the same.