Passengers pay the price.
The pursuit of profits over all else impacts passengers. Major US Airlines collected more than $20 billion in “auxiliary fees” in 2016, including baggage and ticket change fees in 2016 —and paid no taxes on those fees. Passengers have seen a significant upsurge in extra fees charged by airlines , and now United wants to charge to use the overhead bin as part of a new pricing scheme.
Passengers are paying more for less, airport workers struggle on poverty wages, and taxpayers subsidize profits for corporations like United Airlines—which bumped CEO Oscar Muñoz’ salary to $18.7 million last year.
Instead of giving a millionaire a raise, the best way for United to improve customer satisfaction is to make sure that wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, ramp workers and other passenger service workers have good jobs with benefits and union rights.
Since our movement began, more than 110,000 airport workers across the country have won wage increases or other improvements and 22,000 have won unions with SEIU .
We won’t stop until we win at least $15 an hour and union rights for all airport workers, so that we can all provide for our families and provide better service for the hundreds of millions of passengers we serve. Join us!