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Follows Executive Director Foye’s Call for Increased Wages for New York Port Workers
TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today called on top New Jersey officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise the minimum wage for airport employees at Port-run operations in New Jersey immediately. Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye is proposing an immediate $1 increase for employees in New York-run operations, with a base pay phase-in to $10.10 per hour. The proposal mirrors the executive order issued by President Obama to increase the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10 per hour:
“I commend New York officials for taking action to increase the minimum wage for airport employees of New York facilities operated by the Port Authority, an important move which will help to bring workers out of poverty and provide the economy with a much-needed boost. New Jersey officials at the authority must now follow suit.
“Without identical action on the New Jersey side, employees who are performing the same job will essentially be defined as second-class workers. This is a matter of economic and basic fairness. I call on our New Jersey representatives and the Port Authority to take immediate action to raise the minimum wage at Port-run operations. Anything less than a direct, quick response would be a slap in the face to the men and women who work hard every day just to make ends meet.”
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