Justice for Philly Airport Workers
I started at $7 per hour and still make $7 per hour. I receive tips but tips are not guaranteed. I find it difficult to make ends meet on poverty wages. There’s not always enough left at the end of the month to pay my bills.
As a major hub for US Airways, more than 600 planes take off from the Philadelphia International Airport every day. While US Airways makes record profits, many of the men and women who provide important passenger services at the Philadelphia International Airport are left in poverty. Over the last year thousands of baggage handlers, skycaps, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners and security officers have raised their voices to demand fair wages and respect on the job. Whether they’re speaking out at City Council or a US Airways shareholders meeting, Philly airport workers are bravely calling attention to the city’s broken subcontracting system and calling for solutions that turn poverty jobs into good jobs.