Harlem City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito sent a letter to JetBlue CEO David Barger on Sunday urging the company to comply with the Port Authority’s directive to hike the hourly rate of contract workers who earn $9 or less by $1 immediately, and eventually to at least $10.10.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito sent an e-mail to JetBlue CEO David Barger calling for the airline to increase wages. She noted that JetBlue received more than $30 million in city and state subsidies in a 2010 deal for its new Queens headquarters.
“I am writing to express my deep disappointment in JetBlue’s failure to ensure a minimum pay rate of $10.10 per hour for its contract employees. Your competitors, including American and Delta, have agreed that these essential airport operations workers deserve this minimum wage,” Mark-Viverito wrote.
“JetBlue has refused to do the same, and in doing so has created a competitive advantage for itself on the backs of these hardworking New Yorkers,” she said, noting the airline received more than $30 million in city and state subsidies in a 2010 deal for its new Queens headquarters.
JetBlue said in a statement it pays its own crew members “well above” $10.10 per hour, but did not address the lower-paid contract workers, who were the subject of the Port Authority’s directive (source).