Port Authority orders airlines to raise wages, give paid holiday to airport workers


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

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.

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JFK Airport workers rally for fair wages


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Dave Sanders SEIU 32BJ

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 […]

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JFK Airport workers want a living wage


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

File photo/THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

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 […]

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Rep. King discuses homeland security over JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce breakfast


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

While JFK may be the “safest airport” in the country, far too many people do not take homeland security seriously enough, U.S. Rep. Peter King told an airport civic group on Wednesday.

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32 arrested during civil disobedience at LaGuardia Airport as workers call for better treatment


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THE COURIER/Photo by Katelyn Di Salvo

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.

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220 Maspeth Duane Reade workers getting the ax


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

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 […]

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Maspeth workers rally for pensions


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

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 […]

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Minimum wage workers rally for better conditions


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

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. […]

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18 arrested in JFK drug bust


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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 […]

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