MINNEAPOLIS — Workers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have for years been demanding higher wages. They could get their wish as soon as July.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission is seeking public input on a draft ordinance that would increase hourly minimum wages for airport workers to $13.25 by July 1. Hourly wages would increase to $14.25 a year later and reach $15 by July 1, 2022.
Beginning Jan. 2023, minimum wages would be adjusted annually by inflation. The airport would not be allowed to count tips against wages. The new ordinance would apply to more than 30 job classifications, from baggage handling to retail workers, but not to federal employees.
The MAC’s board of commissioners will host a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Commission Chambers, which are located within a secure area at MSP’s Terminal 1. A draft of the wage ordinance is available online at tinyurl.com/MSPDraftWage2020.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have both adopted gradual increases to their citywide minimum wages, with the goal of reaching $15 per hour for most employers within a few years.