UC Berkeley Report Raises Alarm About Falling Wages, Outsourcing At U.S. Airports

According to the report, airport and airport-related workers saw real hourly wages fall by an average of 15 percent from 2002 to 2012.

According to the authors, airports can take steps to address these wage declines. They cite the adoption of higher  living wage and standards at airports in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Miami, St. Louis and Hartford, Conn., as proven examples of how to improve the lot of airport workers as well as of airport operations.

Following implementation of higher wage standards at San Francisco International Airport  in 2000, employee turnover fell sharply while employers reported improvements in employee performance and customer service. Neither employment nor passenger volumes showed declines as a result of the policy.

The report was financed by the Service Employees International Union, which prepared a video interview with the report authors that is posted online.

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