By sticking together against inequality and injustice at our airports, we are walking in Dr. King’s footsteps

By sticking together against inequality and injustice at our airports, we are walking in Dr. King’s footsteps

Every year, people working in U.S. airports generate $8 billion in profits for the aviation industry. Yet these employees are paid so little they cannot make ends meet. Mothers and fathers who work full-time jobs are forced to rely on public assistance to satisfy their basic family needs.

This is why parents have come together to call for change. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, baggage handlers, terminal cleaners and cabin cleaners at hubs in major cities are calling for better jobs at our …

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National Fast on November 24-25, 2015 – Media Coverage

National Fast on November 24-25, 2015 – Media Coverage

Following the first-ever coordinated strikes last week when thousands of terminal cleaners, cabin cleaners, skycaps, wheelchair agents, customer service agents, security officers, ramp workers and baggage handlers walked off the job at the seven busiest U.S. hubs, hundreds of airport workers embarked on a 24-hour fast on Tuesday, November 24, to draw attention to the fact that many airport workers often go hungry because they are paid so little they can’t make ends meet.

National Media:

Washington Post: Airport workers hope to get Thanksgiving travelers’ attention, November 23, …

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National Strike on November 19, 2015 – Media coverage

National Strike on November 19, 2015 – Media coverage

Thousands of contracted out airport workers from the nation’s seven busiest hubs in New York, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago went out on strike yesterday and their action had impact! The multi-city strike, the first-of-its-kind for airport workers, has elevated the narrative about contracted airport workforce at the national level. News outlets, such as USA Today, Washington Post, Reuters, Newsweek, NBC Today Show, PBS and CNN reported on the strike. Nationally, the strike garnered 1,700 + TV and Radio Clips.

National Media:

USA Today: U.S. airport …

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Hundreds gathered in DCA yesterday, but it wasn’t for what you think.

Hundreds gathered in DCA yesterday, but it wasn’t for what you think.

Workers are in the #FightFor15 from around the world.

By Juvelyn Godizano

On Wednesday I joined my brothers and sisters around the world at Ronald Reagan national airport in the demand for higher wages, better trainings and working conditions for airport workers. I got involved with the union and Fight for 15 because I saw the imbalance of power that is hurting people.

As a cabin cleaner at San Francisco International Airport, I am proud to say that because we have a union, we have some of the highest working …

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Yocelin Ratchell: When my daughter is sick, I must send her to school with medicine

Yocelin Ratchell: When my daughter is sick, I must send her to school with medicine

Yocelin Ratchell has been working various customer service positions for the past seven years at Logan Airport and believes that it is high time for changes to be made. “Right now, most people must work two jobs just to survive, and that isn’t right.”

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Maria Barros: “The ability to make a living wage”

Maria Barros: “The ability to make a living wage”

Maria Barros has spent the past 14 years working at Logan Airport. Throughout these years she has performed nearly every job imaginable: Aircraft cleaning, wheelchair assistance, security checkpoint, plane guard, and customer service.

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Airport Workers Allege Unlawful Discrimination

BOSTON, MA— Airport workers employed by Flight Services & Systems (FSS), a contractor that provides cabin cleaning, wheelchair assistance, and security services at Logan Airport, filed complaints with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) alleging that two of them were fired and another suspended for speaking Creole while on the job.  Workers and community leaders attended the monthly Massport meeting today to raise concerns about ongoing discriminatory practices.

Community groups worry that incidents like these may represent a larger climate of discrimination and injustice at the …

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