An anonymous complaint from contract workers at the Philadelphia International Airport resulted in officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspecting the working conditions at the airport. The complaining workers were baggage handlers contracted through the airport—they allege that they have not received proper training on how to assist handicapped passengers, forced to use faulty equipment and are exposed to blood and other bodily fluids.
“I want proper training, proper equipment and I want to be treated like a professional,” said Nikisha Watson, a PrimeFlight wheelchair attendant that assists handicapped passengers.
Some of the non-union workers complained about wages. They are paid less than the minimum wage on the assumption that they receive tips from assisting passengers, which is not always the case.
“I make $5.25 an hour plus tips,” said Izzy Fernandez, another wheelchair attendant. “There are days I don’t make any tips at all.”
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