Moya Fights For Living Wage

Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) is calling on the Port Authority to guarantee area airport workers a living wage and health benefits.

Approximately 12,000 workers in New York City-area airports are paid at or near the minimum wage. Thousands of
security guards, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and ID checkers make poverty wages and are afforded no benefits.

“It is unacceptable for full-time employees in New York State to live at the poverty line,” Moya said. “In 1968,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated supporting better wages and working conditions for sanitation workers in Memphis. Just days before he died, he said, ‘it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive
starvation wages.’ Forty-six years later and his words can unfortunately still resonate with airport workers right
here in Queens. For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this year, let’s truly honor his memory by requiring airlines that
lease space at area airports to award contracts to private contractors that provide living wages, benefits, and
paid holidays.”

Several airports around the country, including those in San Francisco and Los Angeles, require living wages for
their employees.