After a lengthy campaign by airport contract workers to receive better wages, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sent a letter to several airlines late Tuesday ordering them to increase pay for some employees.
The authority's executive director, Patrick J. Foye, told the airlines to immediately give a $1 an hour raise to workers who made less than $9 an hour. They should eventually receive $10.10 an hour, he said.
The letter was sent to four airlines—American, Delta, JetBlue and United—and affects workers at La Guardia and Kennedy International Airports.
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Foye asked the airlines to grant another request from the workers: to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a paid holiday.