Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on April 19, 2017.
Thousands of workers employed by contractors at National and Dulles airports in the Washington, D.C., area are getting a big raise after a two-year effort:
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board voted Wednesday to require companies that do business at the airports to pay contract workers a base hourly wage of $11.55 starting in January. In all, 4,500 workers — responsible for keeping terminals and plane cabins clean, moving bags, serving meals, and transporting people with disabilities — are expected to benefit from the pay increase. Many of the workers make as little as $7.25 an hour. The plan, approved on a 15 to 1 vote, also will boost pay for Dulles Toll Road workers.
The expansion of the authority’s living wage program covers eight additional contracts, and will cost $750,000 to $850,000 annually, according to a report prepared for the board. The base hourly wage will increase to $11.55 on January 1 of next year, $12.15 on January 1, 2019, and $12.75 on January 1, 2020. After that, increases will be tied to inflation. …