Press Release Article


Date: Jun 13, 2014
Press Release Number: 123-2014

New rules posted on Port Authority’s website today

Members of the public are invited to comment on the Port Authority’s new minimum wage rules for non-trade labor service contract workers of entities doing business at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports. The new guidelines and instructions for submitting public comments are available at Members of the public who wish to comment can send an email to is the first step in the implementation of the policy adopted by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners in May.

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners in May adopted a minimum wage policy for workers performing under Non-Trade Labor Service Contracts at all Port Authority facilities, with implementation starting at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports. The goal of the increased wages is to provide third party, non- Port Authority workers with improved wages and benefits and enhance the safety, security and quality of service at the airports and eventually other agency facilities.

Effective July 31, 2014, wages for workers performing covered services at these airports will increase by $1 per hour for those earning $9 per hour or less. Effective February 1, 2015, the wages for these workers will increase to $10.10 per hour. Once the wage level of $10.10 per hour is established, beginning February 1, 2016, wage levels will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. 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.

The rules also provide for the development of a plan for enhanced wages and benefits, including health benefits, for non-trade labor service contract workers providing covered services by September 30, 2014, and the review of certain existing Port Authority policies in this area.

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