MSP Airport – Following the news that Rick King has been named the new Chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) to replace Dan Boivin, SEIU Local 26 President Iris Altimirano released the following statement.
“The thousands of airport workers who are SEIU Local 26 members congratulate Rick King on his appointment to this important position. We have a long history of working well with now-Chair King during his time as a MAC commissioner. We have seen his dedication to making sure that the workers who make MSP an award-winning airport are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
“Because of the organizing and advocacy of airport workers over the last few years, the MAC is in a position to pass the strongest $15 minimum wage in the state. We look forward to working with Chair King to pass this policy as soon as possible to help address current workforce shortages that continue to grow at the airport. As airlines and CEOs rake in record profits, it is time the people who do this critical work get their fair share.
“We also will continue our conversations about the nearly three dozen East African workers who were displaced from their jobs recently by the MAC, many after decades of service at MSP. As we win better jobs at the airport, we need to make certain these gains are not at the expense of the majority people of color workforce who have provided high-quality service at MSP over the last two decades, often at poverty wages with no benefits.
“We thank Gov. Walz for his attention to this issue and look forward to Chair King providing the kind of leadership that the MSP Airport craves so we can continue to make MSP the best airport in the country.”
SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 4,200 janitors, 1000 security officers, airport workers and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally and over 1.9 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.