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Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap

Local News | Jul 14, 2014

Deadline looms in Newark airport wage hike flap

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The dispute over workers’ wages at Newark Liberty International Airport could be nearing a resolution.

United Airlines has criticized the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for ordering wage hikes.

The Port Authority announced in January that it would impose a $1-per-hour wage increase for workers, such as baggage handlers and cabin cleaners, who make less than $9 an hour. They would make $10.10 hourly beginning next February.

In an email Friday, United reiterated its position that the increases should be imposed by state legislatures and not by the Port Authority, which operates the airport. But United also said its vendors are bound to abide by local rules.

A spokesman for Chicago-based United declined to say whether the company would mount a legal challenge to the increases.