Booker Rallies in Support of Worker’s Rights at MLK Day March
NEWARK, NJ – Today, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined hundreds of 32BJ SEIU workers from across the region for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and rally at Newark Liberty International Airport in support of worker’s rights. Later in the afternoon, Sen. Booker joined local leaders for a panel discussion hosted by The National Action Network and Booker’s church, Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark, entitled “Growing the New Jersey Economy through Entrepreneurial Inclusion.”
“We demand that every American worker – no matter if they’re Haitian, Salvadorian, African, or Irish – deserves dignity and respect,” Sen. Booker said during today’s rally. “Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that there can be no civil rights, there can be no women’s rights, there can be no justice in our country without economic justice. We will stand together, and work together, and fight together, and if we have to we will bleed together, until one day we can tell the truth that this is a country with liberty and justice for all.”
Sen. Booker has been long committed to advocating for fair pay and benefits for airport workers. In November, Sen. Booker introduced the Airline Accountability Act, which targets the trend of companies cutting costs by outsourcing much of their labor to contractors and temp firms rather than hiring direct employees. In September, Sen. Booker urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to raise the hourly age for workers at airports under its jurisdiction to $15. Last May, Sen. Booker joined SEIU members and local officials for a rally at Newark Airport in support of raising the minimum wage. Prior to that rally, Sen. Booker and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent letters to the CEOs at ten major airlines urging them to improve the pay and benefits of their subcontractor workforce.