Inside airport workers' fight for dignity and livable wages

Airport workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic and the labor struggle in recent years. In Florida, for instance, workers in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and beyond have staged multiple actions over the past year to demand a living wage. Many airport workers in Florida earn as little as $7 an hour, tips included. Now, a new bill, the Good Jobs for Airports Act, could establish national wage and benefits standards for airport workers. To learn more about airport workers’ ongoing fight for dignity and higher wages, freelance journalist and new TRNN contributor McKenna Schueler talks with Scottie Walker, a cabin cleaner at Tampa International Airport and a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ.

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Transcript

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McKenna Schueler

McKenna Schueler is a freelance journalist and part-time news anchor for WMNF Radio in Tampa, Florida, where she covers labor, politics, and local government. You can find her previous work published in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, In These Times, Strikewave, and Orlando Weekly, among other outlets. You can find her on Twitter @SheCarriesOn.