Above Board: Raising the Standards for Passenger Service Workers at the Nation’s Busiest Airports written by CR2PI’s Executive Director, C. Nicole Mason helped to win a much needed wage increase for more than 8,000 low-wage airport workers at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports in New York City.
The report carefully documents with stories from workers and statistics the conditions and impact of low-wages on families across the region. Key findings from the report include:
- The median reported annual salary among surveyed workers was $16,640—more than 25 percent less than the federal threshold for a family of four.
- Close to 23 percent of workers surveyed reported using government sponsored health insurance and fewer than 20 percent reported using employer-provided health insurance.
- Workers tend to live in high-poverty neighborhoods surrounding the airports. Across zip codes where workers resided, 21 percent lived below the federal poverty line. In areas such as Mott Haven, New York, the poverty rate topped 40 percent.
The report served as the foundation for a two-year long effort and campaign by SEIU 32BJ to secure higher wages and better conditions for workers. Read coverage of the campaign and the historic victory here: Port Authority Demands Higher Wages For Workers