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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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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54 years after my first day at DCA: We’re making history at our airports

54 years after my first day at DCA: We’re making history at our airports

I’ve worked at Reagan National Airport for 54 years.

When I started as a belt man in 1962, I was paid $1.75 an hour. That would be almost $14 an hour today. We also had healthcare, paid sick leave and paid vacation time.

We were part of a union.

In the late 1970s, I made more money than I do now.

Then in the 1980s things got really hard. Everything changed under President Reagan. We started working for contractors and every new contractor that came into the airport lowered …

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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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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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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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Menzies Aviation workers at Sea-Tac International strike over unfair labor practices

Menzies Aviation workers at Sea-Tac International strike over unfair labor practices

In the backdrop of the Seattle’s public school teachers’ strike over improved working conditions, and the victory for fast food workers in New York who won a $15 per hour minimum wage, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and ramp workers employed by Alaska Airlines contractor Menzies Aviation at Sea-Tac International Airport walked off the job on September 11, 2015, to protest against unfair labor practices—including intimidation, threats, and harassment— by their employer.

The strike, which is part of a nationwide push to raise standards for airport workers …

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Victory at last: Washington Supreme Court extends $15-plus/hour minimum wage to Sea-Tac airport workers

Victory at last: Washington Supreme Court extends $15-plus/hour minimum wage to Sea-Tac airport workers

Working people at the Sea-Tac International Airport scored a major victory this month when the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the $15 minimum wage ordinance, which voters approved, does apply to the hardworking men and women at the airport.

The long-awaited decision means about 4,700 workers ranging from wheelchair attendants, cleaners, ramp agents, baggage handlers and others should now be paid $15.24 an hour. They’ll be joining a group of nearly 1,500 workers at the hotels and restaurants that surround the airport, who saw their hourly …

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