***DIA Workers Launch Ballot Campaign for $15 Minimum Wage***
Coalition seeks to place measure raising wages at DIA on the May 2019 ballot
WHAT: Low wage workers at Denver International Airport and their allies will hold a press conference and begin collecting signatures to place the Denver Airport Minimum Wage Initiative on the May 2019 Denver citywide ballot. The ballot measure would raise the minimum wage for workers at DIA to $15 by 2021.
WHO: DIA workers, unions, community organizations
WHEN: Thursday, August 23rd, 10 AM
WHERE: Steps of Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
WHY: While Denver International Airport is more successful than ever, DIA workers have been left behind. DIA is the 5th busiest airport in the U.S. and has forecast another year of record growth for 2018. The city is investing $3.5 billion in growing and improving the airport over the next 5 years, and the cost per enplaned passenger for airlines at DIA dropped over 13 percent from 2014 to 2017.
Meanwhile, with housing costs skyrocketing, a worker making the current minimum wage of $10.20 would have to work 85 hours a week to rent a 1-bedroom apartment in Denver. Over 6,000 airport workers at DIA make less than $15 an hour, 33 percent of whom earn minimum wage, according to a 2017 report by Economic Roundtable. Even some longtime airport employees at companies like United Airlines make less than $12 an hour after over 20 years on the job. In contrast, Denver’s peer airports have taken steps to fix this problem.
Already, 15 other hub airports in the U.S. have adopted airport minimum wages to enhance employment stability, quality of service, safety and security at their airports.