The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has given a first approval on a proposal to increase the wages of airport employees.
The pay hike would affect 20,000 workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. The board is scheduled to take a final vote on the matter at its June meeting, following a period of public comment.
Hundreds of airport employees attended the meeting and many chanted slogans in English and Spanish asking for wage increases. They cheered when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy arrived and greeted the group.
Murphy then asked the port authority board to raise the hike in wages, giving a “shout-out to our brothers and sisters in organized labor.”
The proposal if approved in June would raise the minimum wage of Port Authority employees at Newark Airport to $12.45 per hour in September and incrementally increase it to $19 per hour by September 2023. It would raise the rates of Port Authority employees at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports to $13.60 per hour in September and incrementally increase it to $19 per hour by September 2023.