Here Is The Depressing Reason That Airport Workers Are Protesting This Week

Airport workers around the globe will protest this October 2 to campaign for better wages and working conditions.

The reason? The average pay for airport workers such as baggage handlers, cleaning crew, security officers, and wheelchair attendants has dropped dramatically since 9/11. In 2002, baggage handlers were paid an average of $19 per hour. In 2012, that hourly wage had fallen to just $10.60 per hour.

According to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), almost half of all airport works in the U.S. are paid so little that they are forced to skip meals. Nearly 30 percent have to rely on public aid programs for food, healthcare, and housing, despite working full-time.

Many workers have also lost benefits such as health insurance and report that their working conditions have become less safe over the years.

This week, airport employees will be demonstrating in a number of cities across the globe to call on the airline industry – which has experienced bigger profits each year – to better compensate its workers.