Airport workers rally for higher wages at MSP on busy travel day

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Around 150 people chose what is normally a busy holiday travel day at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to rally for higher wages.

MPR News reports that the peaceful demonstration was organized by the Service Employees International Union where non-unionized minimum-wage workers gathered to demand higher pay.

Workers say they can't live on the less than $8 per hour they're currently paid.

According to the MPR report SEIU president Javier Morillo said travelers who have become accustomed to paying more for everything from tickets to checking bags need to know that workers at the airport are not making enough money to pull themselves out of poverty.

Holiday travelers barely noticed the silent parade of airport workers, according to a report from WCCO.

Protesting with the workers was U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. He said that many of the airport workers live on government programs.

Workers want the airport commission to intervene with the private companies that operate at the airport. However, according to the WCCO report, the commission claims there are 20,000 workers at the airport in different businesses. The commission says those employees make an average of $66,000 a year.

The commission says it does not intervene on work conditions.

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