300 cargo workers at Newark airport get long-awaited pay rise
NEWARK, NJ – Eight months after the Healthy Terminals Act was enacted in New Jersey, more than 300 Swissport Cargo Services workers at Newark Airport have finally started seeing bigger paychecks , according to their union.
According to 32BJ SEIU, which represents workers:
“On September 1, 2021, the Healthy Terminals Act went into effect. The law requires all airport employers to pay a benefits supplement of $4.60 per hour, which would provide coverage Meaningful and sustainable health care for airport workers, as well as paid sick leave, paid time off, vacation pay, and vacation pay Earlier this year, workers at Swissport Cargo Services – with the support of SEIU 32BJ – began talking to the company’s human resources department and payroll department. In addition to filing a complaint with the NJ Division of Wage and Hour Compliance, the workers also sent a letter to the Department of Labor and the development of the State of New Jersey’s workforce.”
This week, several workers finally started seeing the benefit supplement in their paychecks. Swissport could also be forced to pay more than $2 million in back wages for the health benefit supplement and paid vacation, SEIU 32BJ spokespersons claimed.