The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) board this week passed a two-step increase in the minimum wage for certain service workers at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) that will set the minimum pay at $16/hour beginning next month and at $17/hour beginning in 2023.
The wage increases impacts workers in aircraft and cabin cleaning as well as baggage handling, among others. Increasing the minimum wage for these employees helps create a safer airport community for all, the board said.
“As passenger volume at Logan continues to increase, the timing of this vote is even more important,” said Sean O’Brien, Massport board member. “Every industry is looking to hire more staff, and it is essential businesses that serve our airlines retain and attract new employees. In addition to their day to day job functions, these workers are also valuable assets to maintaining the general safety of the airport with added eyes and ears.”
The Massport board first voted on this issue in 2014 and it took effect in January 2015, bringing the minimum wage for airline contracted employees to $10 an hour. The board increased the minimum wage again each year through 2020, maintaining BOS’s wages above the state minimum wage and among the highest in the country for airport service.