Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.
Delta Air Lines baggage handler Kip Hedges, fired for speaking out about low wages at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, took his case to the Metropolitan Airports Commission Monday – and commissioners said they will consider endorsing worker rights through a “labor peace ordinance.”
When Delta Air Lines fired baggage handler Kip Hedges for remarks he made off the job, they ignited renewed debate about free speech and the workplace. Most people would be surprised to know that workers have few free speech rights on the job.
Kip Hedges, the Delta Airlines baggage handler fired for speaking up for low-wage airport workers, plans to appeal his termination, going to court if necessary. And he said he will keep fighting for worker rights at Delta, including the right to union representation.
Hundreds of workers and their supporters rallied at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to call for union rights and raising the minimum wage at the facility to $15 an hour. They also demanded that Kip Hedges, a Delta baggage handler fired for supporting the 15 Now campaign, be rehired.
Delta Airlines’ decision to fire a veteran baggage handler for speaking out in support of low-wage workers has elicited widespread criticism and drawn national attention to working conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Protesters at Walmart stores across the nation – including the Midway store in St. Paul – drew sharp contrasts between the billions in profits earned by major retailers and the poverty-level wages of their employees.