Drawing inspiration from the demand of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that airlines bring wages for contract workers up to $10.10 per hour, workers around the country jumped into the fray!
In early March, airline catering professionals at airports across the country delivered letters to the corporate offices of American, Delta, JetBlue and United Airlines, calling on them to take steps nationally to increase airline catering workers’ wages to a minimum of $10.10, beginning with an immediate $1 increase. They also urged United and JetBlue to comply with the New York mandate to provide airport employees there with improved wages and benefits. Delta and American have already agreed.
A recent survey of nearly 10,000 contracted airline catering workers revealed that a full 40% earn less than $10.10, President Obama’s proposed new minimum wage.
For just five cents per enplaned passenger, airlines could ensure that all airline catering workers nationwide receive a $1 per hour raise.
“After 27 years working for Gate Gourmet, I make only $9.79 per hour,” said Ana Ortiz, a Gate Gourmet employee at the Miami Airport, “It’s not right that, after working in this industry for so long, I barely make enough to support my family. That’s why we’re urging JetBlue and United to do the right thing in New York, and for all four leading airlines to carry this precedent nationwide.“
Workers delegated airline offices in Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, Orlando, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle!
For more photos from the delegations, check out the album on Facebook.