Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Director Patrick Foye has ordered the CEOs of Delta, JetBlue, American and United airlines to immediately raise wages and make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a paid holiday for the 8,000 contracted workers at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports.
David Harrison has worked as a skycap at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport for three years, and is struggling to live with his $4.15 hourly pay. Four days a week, Harrison helps passengers with their bags from the curb to their respective ticket counters. He relies heavily on tips from these incoming travelers, but […]
Security workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport find themselves in limbo – between terminals and supporting families on minimum wage. “Nobody cares about our guys in the airport,” said Lorrington McKenzie who works traffic security outside the terminals. McKenzie, along with other security officers, gets paid $8 an hour. He has not gotten a […]
Wendy Arellano, a single mother of two from Corona, holds three jobs to try to make it through the months. She makes $8 an hour working at LaGuardia Airport and has now stood up to make her voice heard.
Duane Reade is about to send half of its Maspeth warehouse workers packing. The company, which has been a subsidiary of Walgreens since 2010, said it will lay off the unionized workers at its distribution center at 50-02 55th Avenue by next June. The first round of cuts will begin on December 6 with 120 […]
Local sign makers swapped their tools of the trade for protest posters. Unionized workers at the North Shore Neon Sign Company’s Maspeth branch rallied in front of the business on July 26. They called for their boss to sign a contract that would increase their pensions. “It’s a shame, because we risk our lives every […]
Samul McCalman said he only gets a four or five minute break during his shift that normally runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Although he and his wife work full-time, the Guyana native — who has only lived in the U.S. for about 20 months — said it’s still hard to make ends meet. […]
Ten JFK Airport baggage handlers were among 18 arrested on Tuesday, October 16 for allegedly smuggling heroin and cocaine into New York City. Jorge Espinal, a cargo supervisor for Delta Air Lines, allegedly oversaw the diversion of shipments into so-called “safe areas” where drug-sniffing dogs and inspectors would not see them. Police say that ringleader […]