Nearly 5,000 airport workers at National and Dulles airports collected fatter paychecks last Friday under a new policy that will increase hourly wages to $12.75 by 2020. “Now we can focus more on the job instead of worrying about how to put food on the table and provide for our kids,” said Hunde Atnafu, a Huntleigh wheelchair attendant and father of seven from Ethiopia. The increases are the result of a two-year campaign by 32BJ SEIU. While union vice president Jaime Contreras hailed the increase, he noted that “Without a union, these men and women can still face retaliation and lose their jobs through no fault of their own.” The workers are continuing their campaign for $15 an hour and a union.
-Photo of a recent rally at Dulles; courtesy 32BJ SEIU
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