Airport workers take action for higher wages on MLK Day
Over 250 people protested at Philadelphia International Airport Monday as part of a joint effort between ten major cities to denounce wage inequality among airport workers. The protest was meant to coincide with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service.
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) January 18, 2016
Similar protests demanding $15 an hour resulted in arrests Monday. Six were detained in Boston at a protest at Logan International Airport, according to Boston.com. But the action in Philly went off without a hitch.
Labor union 32BJ SEIU reported that no arrests were made. Airport management did not issue an official response to the protest.
— Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) January 18, 2016
Elected officials in attendance were Congressman Chaka Fattah, Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Farnese, Councilwoman Gym and Councilwomen Bass.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Kenney issued the following response in support of the action:
"Peaceful protest is a proud part of Dr. King's Legacy, and I applaud our Airport workers for carrying on that tradition today. Unlike many of their counterparts across the country,Philadelphia's subcontracted airport workers did not engage in civil disobedience at PHL today. They know we are committed to resolving the subcontracting crisis at the airport and helping them work with dignity. In the coming weeks, I will be bringing together Airport stakeholders to reach an agreement that benefits these workers and helps ensure that our airport is world-class facility."