Airport workers protest wages at MSP, disrupting traffic

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Hundreds of disgruntled demonstrators took to Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Friday afternoon in protest of airport workers' wages.

KSTP reports employees with Delta Airlines and Air Serv, a subcontractor of Delta, – plus supporters – gathered around 12.30 p.m.

The workers are demanding pay of $15 an hour, and also the right to unionize, according to organizations such as 15 Now Minnesota and MNFairEconomy.org.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison also joined the demonstration.

The protests come days after a long-time, Minneapolis-based Delta employee was reportedly fired for publicly speaking about workers' wages.

Kip Hedges, who worked with Delta for 26 years, most recently as a baggage handler, was let go this week after appearing in an October video in which pay rates are questioned, Workday Minnesota reports.

He said more than half of the workers make less than $15 an hour, and commented that if the bottom workers fall, the top earners will as well, Workday Minnesota reports. He told the site he was fired this week for “untrue or disparaging” public comments about Delta.

Traffic at the airport affected

Vehicle traffic at Terminal 1 was blocked by protestors on at least one occasion, but airport police were reportedly able to get things flowing again.

Meanwhile, the airport suggested people avoid parking at Terminal 1 if they wanted to avoid delays.

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