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Airlines make billions in profits and receive billions from our public coffers through direct and indirect subsidies and by profiting off our public infrastructure. These profitable corporations should be responsible to the communities that make their success possible. Taxpayers, working people, and passengers are holding airlines accountable and demanding they pay their fair share in taxes, keep airports secure, accessible to all passengers and invest in creating good jobs where workers’ rights to form a union are respected.
Contracted airport workers around the country are coming together in SEIU–a 2 million member labor union – to win just compensation and voice on the job for airport workers, passengers and their communities. When critical, frontline passenger service workers and security officers win unions and negotiate better wages and working conditions, the public wins. Working people can support themselves, their families and communities. Passengers —including those with disabilities— benefit when experienced workers stay on the job and get the training they need to keep people safe. Taxpayers see a better return on their investment. Communities—especially communities of color—see more economic activity and growth.
By sticking together, speaking out, and going on strike, airport workers have won wage increases in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Since our movement began, 25,000 workers have joined SEIU and more than 118,000 have received wage increases or other improvements, including healthcare, paid sick leave and worker retention policies.