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Airport Workers Want a Union at Orlando International Airport: Many Make Less Than $6/hr

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Airport workers want a union and they want fair pay. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

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Workers at the Orlando International Airport want to be able to unionize. Carlos Batista is a wheelchair handler. He makes less than $6 an hour. Workers are asking for a $15 an hour wage.

“It’s gotten really bad. And I was ready to leave but the union came and spoke to us and I said we have hope. I got hope now.”

A spokesperson with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority says they don’t control workers’ wages as they contract out those jobs to smaller independent businesses.

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