New ordinance to raise MSP Airport worker wages under consideration

Updated: September 23, 2019 06:12 PM

Thousands of workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hope to have their voices heard on raising their minimum wage. 

The Metropolitan Airports Commission is considering a new ordinance and will hold a public hearing Monday. 

Workers have been calling for an hourly wage increase at the airport for the past several years.

The MAC has now drawn up an ordinance that will receive a public hearing Monday night. 

Under the plan, the minimum wage would increase incrementally up to $15. Wages would start at $13.25 by July 2020, and gradually increase to $15 by 2022.

Below is how the minimum wage paid to workers at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport compares to other similar-sized airports.

The ordinance is similar to the one adopted by the city of Minneapolis. 

The ordinance would apply to employees who work within passenger-related services, such as security, baggage handling, in-flight catering and cleaning. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS heard from some airport workers during recent protests who said the ordinance is long overdue.

"It's important to come to work and earn a decent wage; all us here have a family," Glen Brown, airport wheelchair agent, said. "All of us here make the airport work. I think right is right and it would mean financial independence." 

Some workers are calling for changes to the proposal, including taking out a tip credit. Currently, tips would be included in reaching that $15-an-hour wage. 

Airport workers are expected to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Monday outside the Minneapolis Airport Marriott hotel to talk about why a $15 minimum wage is important to them. Then, the public hearing is at 5 p.m. in the hotel.

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