MSP Airport Workers Protest Poverty Wages on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

Airport Workers and Allies continue worker-led week of action leading up to Black Friday march

St. Paul, Minn. – On Wednesday, November 27, at 11:45 a.m., airport workers who clean the planes and transport seniors and passengers with disabilities will hold a press conference at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to call for an end to poverty wages. Following brief remarks, workers and their allies will lead a rally at the airport, highlighting the need to raise the minimum wage in Minnesota.minneapolis-airport

The MSP airport is the 10th busiest airport in the country on the day before Thanksgiving, with thousands of passengers expected to travel to spend Thanksgiving with their families. This holiday travel is made possible by the thousands of workers at the airport, including approximately 600 workers who clean the planes and transport seniors and passengers with disabilities by wheelchair and electric cart. Despite the growing cost of air travel for passengers, wages and staffing levels for these workers continue to decrease; this hurts working families and worsens the service that passengers are paying to receive. These non-union workers earn an average of $7.73 an hour with no benefits and are currently attempting to organize with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26.

Wednesday’s protest and rally continues a series of events led by the workers who make Thanksgiving happen, building toward strikes, protests and marches on Black Friday.

WHAT: Protest to End Poverty Wages at the Airport
WHEN: Wednesday, November 2711:45 a.m. – Press ConferenceNoon – Rally
WHERE: Minneapolis-St. Paul International AirportInside Terminal 1 on east mezzanine level4300 Glumack Drive, St. Paul, MN 55111
WHO: Abenezer Madde – Cabin CleanerTeshale Gadissa – Wheelchair AgentSamson Yeshitla – Baggage Handler

Javier Morillo – President, SEIU Local 26

 

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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  1. […] According to the MPR report SEIU president Javier Morillo said travelers who have become accustomed to paying more for everything from tickets to checking bags need to know that workers at the airport are not making enough money to pull themselves out of poverty. […]