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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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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Ahead of First-Ever National Airport Worker Convention, Fort Lauderdale Airport Workers Score Living Wage Victory

National Airports Campaign marks a milestone with first victory in so-called “Right to Work” state

(Fort Lauderdale)–Fort Lauderdale airport workers celebrated a hard-fought victory Tuesday when the Broward County Commission voted to extend the County’s Living Wage Ordinance —which sets wages at $11.68 with health benefits, $13.20 without—to include subcontracted airline workers.

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Florida Airport Worker Yves Zephirin Takes a Stand for Good Jobs

 

Yves Zepherin

Yves Zephirin, 55, used to be an occasional visitor to the U.S., coming on vacation each year. Then, problems in his home country Haiti forced him here, specifically Florida, permanently in 2001. He took a job at the first place he found one, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He has been there since.

Zephirin has worked hard all his life and continues doing so after restarting his life in this country out of necessity. “I have to support myself and my family back home,” …

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