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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

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Norton Praises Airport Contract Workers as They Organize at a SEIU Rally for a Living Wage and Benefits

Oct 21, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement as hundreds of airport contract workers from around the nation rallied at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to fight for a living wage of $15 per hour, affordable benefits and the right to organize without intimidation.  Earlier this month, contract workers at DCA filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against airline contractors for interrogating workers about legally protected organizing activities.  Norton had planned to attend the rally today at DCA, but was forced to stay at the Capitol due to a District of Columbia bill that was being debated on the House floor.

“A new set of contract workers at a federally owned facility, this time at DCA, are using labor laws and the Constitution, which allow them the right to organize, to raise their poverty-level wages,” Norton said.  “I applaud the airport workers for filing charges with the National Labor Relations Board, with guidance from the Service Employees International Union.  Unfair labor practices, such as threatening to terminate employees and grilling them about their constitutionally protected activities, have long been forbidden by law.  From security officers to sky caps, an astonishing range of workers at DCA are not only being denied a living wage, but are being punished for using the law and the Constitution to fight for their rights.  This intimidation will not be successful, and DCA contractors should save themselves a finding of engaging in unfair labor practices by recognizing the constitutional rights of their workers.”