Like so many essential workers in Oregon, airport workers at Portland International Airport (PDX) are facing extraordinary challenges as we continue working through the pandemic to ensure passengers get to their destinations safely.
Many PDX airport workers are Black, Indigenous, people of color, women and immigrants--groups that have been disproportionately hurt by the COVID-19 healthcare and economic crisis.
The Port of Portland oversees operations at PDX--and right now, the Port has an opportunity to live up to its stated values and do much more to achieve racial and economic justice for workers of color--many of whom earn poverty wages and lack affordable benefits and paid time off.
The Port of Portland has fallen far behind, while other leading airports have established fair minimum compensation standards for airport service workers. We're calling on the Port of Portland to address the racist impacts of poverty jobs with an Airport Worker Bill of Rights to ensure all workers have:
Fair wages - at least $3 above the Oregon minimum wage.
Additional paid time off so workers don't have to choose between paying our bills and coming to work sick.
A pathway to affordable health insurance.
TAKE ACTION! ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR PETITION CALLING FOR AN AIRPORT WORKERS' BILL OF RIGHTS!
Essential workers deserve better for putting their health and lives at risk by continuing to work during the pandemic. We call on the Port of Portland to set the standard for our community so that PDX really is the best.