THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY PROPOSES AMENDMENT TO MINIMUM WAGE RULES FOR WORKERS AT JFK, NEWARK LIBERTY AND LAGUARDIA AIRPORTS TO INCLUDE CONCESSION AND RETAIL WORKERS

Date: Dec 10, 2014
Press Release Number: 249-2014

Members of the public will have 60 days to comment on the proposed amendment

Members of the public are invited to comment on the Port Authority’s proposed amendment to the minimum wage rules for non-trade labor service contract workers of entities doing business at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports. As proposed, the rules would be revised to include retail and concession workers, effective April 1, 2015.

A copy of the proposed amendment to the rule and instructions for submitting public comments are available at http://www.panynj.gov/corporate-information/rules-regulations.html. Members of the public who wish to comment can send an email to wagepolicy@panynj.gov.

Today’s action builds on the efforts of the Port Authority and its Board of Commissioners to ensure fair wages for third party, non- Port Authority workers at Port Authority facilities and enhance the safety, security and quality of service.

In April 2014, the Board of Commissioners adopted a minimum wage policy for workers performing under Non-Trade Labor Service Contracts at all Port Authority facilities, with implementation beginning at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports. After a public comment period, on July 31 wages for workers performing covered services at the three airports were increased by $1 an hour for those employees earning $9 per hour or less.

The wages for these workers will increase to $10.10 per hour on February 1, 2015. In addition to the wage increases, all contractors subject to the policy and these rules shall provide their workers with a paid holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Subject to public comment, today’s proposed amendment would revise the rules to include retail and concession workers at all three airports, effective April 1, 2015.

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.