Airport workers in New York and New Jersey, arguing that a happier workforce will lead to safer conditions at their venues, have capped a yearslong struggle to win a minimum wage of $19 an hour, which won’t fully kick in until 2023.
New York workers currently receive $13 an hour under state law, while New Jersey workers earn a minimum of $10.45. Beginning Nov. 1, those in New York will earn $13.60, and New Jersey workers will earn $12.45.
The plan was recently approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The wage hike will affect some 40,000 baggage handlers, security guards, catering staff and other workers at the three major airports in the region.