On the picket line, my fear disappeared

On the picket line, my fear disappeared

When I started working as a janitor at Fort Lauderdale airport two years ago, I was paid $8.05 an hour. I have two young kids and we were all forced to live with my mother.

After just one week on the job, I went out on strike.

I was afraid. But I knew it was the right thing to do. I would do anything for my children.

On the picket line, my fear disappeared. It felt good to be fighting for the right cause.

I knew our jobs had …

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Taking the Fight for $15 to the next level: Fighting for a union at Sea-Tac

Taking the Fight for $15 to the next level: Fighting for a union at Sea-Tac

I work at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In my time at Sea-Tac, I’ve worked out on the ramp, as a cabin cleaner, and in an airport lounge. So I understand different kinds of work that make Sea-Tac run. Now I’m working on my pilot’s license. I want to understand the whole system.

You know in Seattle we have done some amazing things. Back in 2013, when the concept of $15 an hour for service workers was still new—and everybody thought we were crazy and $15 was way …

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After Many Years of Organizing, MSP Airport Workers Win Recognition of Union

Air Serv workers’ huge victory at MSP part of national campaign raising standards in our airports

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP) – After years of organizing, including many landmark victories along the way, hundreds of workers employed by Delta subcontractor AirServ have won recognition of their union with Service Employees International Union, Local 26. They include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, cart drivers, wheelchair agents, unaccompanied minor escorts and lavatory and water service fillers.

“I couldn’t be happier than I am today,” said cart driver Abdi Ali, a father …

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The airline industry is global. So are we.

The airline industry is global. So are we.

I work as a ramp agent for Menzies, a Scottish company, at Los Angeles International Airport.  At 28, I’ve already worked at LAX for ten years.

We just won our first union contract with SEIU United Service Workers West.

In the last few years that I have been involved in this fight I have really changed. I can see the big picture now, and I know that by organizing we can change our lives.

Last October I attended the first national airport workers’ convention in D.C.  I had …

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La necesidad de organizarse no tiene fronteras ni nacionalidad

La necesidad de organizarse no tiene fronteras ni nacionalidad

Trabajo como agente de rampa para Menzies, una compañía escocesa, en el aeropuerto internacional de Los Ángeles. A mis 28 años, ya he trabajado en LAX por 10 años.

Justo venimos de ganar nuestro primer contrato colectivo con SEIU United Service Workers West.

En los últimos años que he estado envuelto en esta lucha he cambiado de verdad. ahora puedo ver el cuadro completo y se que organizándonos podemos cambiar nuestras vidas.

El octubre pasado atendí a la primera convención nacional de trabajadores de aeropuertos en D.C. Tuve …

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Sea-Tac Airport Workers Win Recognition of their Union

Victory builds on string of successes in airport workers’ Fight for $15 and union rights

SEATTLE—The first airport workers in the country to win a $15 minimum wage are now the latest to declare victory in the fight for union rights. Hundreds of baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, cart drivers, wheelchair agents, unaccompanied minor escorts and lavatory and water service fillers have won recognition of their union with the Service Employees International Union Local 6 at Sea-Tac.

Pioneers in the Fight for $15, Sea-Tac workers are now part …

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Why my family is fighting for $15 and union rights at O’Hare

Why my family is fighting for $15 and union rights at O’Hare

I work in the United Airlines terminal as a baggage handler at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. Not too long ago, the people doing my job made $22 an hour. Then United outsourced the jobs to Prospect.

Now I’m paid just $11 an hour. Let’s do the math. That’s half of what they used to pay.

Same job. Less money.

Sickening.

I live with my family. I help pay the bills and put food on the table. At 21 years old, I already handle more responsibility than a lot of …

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