State Legislators Urge Airports to Raise Minimum Wage

A collection of 25 Northern Virginia state delegates and senators, including several representing Loudoun, signed an Aug. 19 letter to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority President and CEO John Potter urging the authority to raise the minimum wage and offer new health benefits at the region’s two major airports.

The legislators, all Democrats, wrote the $15 minimum wage planned for next year is still below a living wage in the reason, that contracted airport service workers should get paid sick leave and that all airport employers should provide quality health insurance. The wages are too low to retain adequate staffing, they wrote, and the lack of health benefits poses a danger to both employees and passengers.

“MWAA must act now to protect travelers and to help these vulnerable workers,” they wrote. “This is a public health issue. Without paid leave requirements, airport workers may face insurmountable economic pressure to come to work when they pose a risk to themselves and others. A paid sick leave requirement would protect workers, workers’ families, and passengers from COVID-19.”

Loudoun representatives Sens. John J. Bell (D-13), Barbara Favola (D-31) and Jennifer B. Boysko (D-33) and Dels. Karrie Delaney (D-67), Irene Shine (D-86) and Suhas Subramanyam (D-87) signed the letter.

8 thoughts on “State Legislators Urge Airports to Raise Minimum Wage

  • 2022-08-23 at 4:04 pm
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    The “Airline Fare” index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that air travel costs are at their highest level since the index has been measured, dating back to 1989.

    So what do the (D)s want to do??? Raise air travel costs, of course.

    Vote these lunatics out in November. Americans cannot afford any more of their “leadership.”

  • 2022-08-23 at 4:39 pm
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    I think the legislators make a good point. Paying workers a paltry sum is akin to enslavement back in the Olden Days. Paltry wages also increase violence, social unrest & epidemics in society. When will the “haves” realize that mistreating the “have-nots” hurts everyone? Happy End of Summer Loudoun!

    • 2022-08-24 at 7:12 am
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      You believe that an at-will employment arrangement, where an employee may chose to offer their labor to other employers for different compensation, IS LIKE SLAVERY????

      This might be one of the most offensive and ridiculous comments ever published on this site.

  • 2022-08-23 at 4:48 pm
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    All the usual leftist suspects — they love spending other people’s money.

  • 2022-08-23 at 5:04 pm
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    It’s as if Democrats have no understanding of inflation whatsoever. They want to increase the price of everything.

  • 2022-08-23 at 6:19 pm
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    The airports should match the $15 minimum wage in Virginia. What? Virginia’s minimum wage is $11 and won’t go to $15 until 2026. Oh okay, never mind.

  • 2022-08-23 at 8:39 pm
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    Hey Timmy, focus on today and not an economy from 50 plus years ago. Employees can either work for the hourly rate that the market can bear or they don’t have to take the job. When the government forces higher wages on the market…..everyone suffers because that increase is past on to the consumer. Are you getting this econ 101 stuff?
    The state legislators should butt out.

  • 2022-08-24 at 7:04 am
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    More Smithonomics at work. The science is settled. Violence will end at $15 per hour wages.

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