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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. 

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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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