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MSP Airport operators to consider raising minimum wage

There will be a public hearing on Monday evening.
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A public hearing on Monday will discuss whether thousands of workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport should receive a pay rise.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission, which is responsible for the operation of MSP, will discuss a proposal that would increase the airport's minimum wage to $15 over the next three years.

If approved, the minimum wage would rise to $13.25 by July 2020, before reaching $15 in July 2022, similar to the incremental increase in the minimum wage ongoing in Minneapolis right now.

After that, the minimum wage would increase based upon inflation.

The new wages would be applied to a huge range of staffers, including baggage handlers,  security staff, airport and aircraft maintenance workers, janitorial staff, customer service representatives and ID checkers.

The airport has been the scene in recent years of protests by workers calling for better conditions and wages, including last November when staff picketed the airport on the busiest traveling day of the year.

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But KSTP notes that workers have some concerns still over the proposals being discussed on Monday, not least the fact the new ordinance would include a "tip credit."

As the document shows, tipped workers would only get the state minimum wage of $9.86 per hour, with tips used to bring workers up to $15-an-hour, with their employer covering the difference if they don't make enough in tips.

The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the MSP Airport Marriott hotel.

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