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PDX Workers to See Boost from Increased Minimum Wage

PDX worker Kasil Kapriel, third from left, was at the signing of a bill to raise Oregon's minimum wage this month. (SEIU Local 49)
PDX worker Kasil Kapriel, third from left, was at the signing of a bill to raise Oregon's minimum wage this month. (SEIU Local 49)
March 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers' recent decision to increase the minimum wage will have a big impact on workers at the state's largest airport.

Last year, nearly 17 million passengers passed through Portland International Airport, where more than one-third of workers make minimum wage, according to a 2014 survey by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Kasil Kapriel, who has worked for airport contractor Huntleigh at minimum wage for nine years, stood beside Gov. Kate Brown for the signing of the new bill.

"I'm very happy that something is being done with the minimum wage," Kapriel says.

And she adds the bill is just a start for providing living wages to workers.

A few months ago, Huntleigh decided to recognize its employees' union, which is working with SEIU.

Huntleigh is expected to sit down with workers soon. But other contractors at PDX have yet to recognize the union.

Recently, Kapriel testified in Salem to help low-income Pacific Islanders gain access to Medicaid. She is herself a Pacific Islander, as is nearly one in five PDX contract workers.

Kapriel says her job is demanding, and hopes the union she fought to be part of can protect her at work.

"I want things to be more for us workers," she states.

Kapriel says she's proud to work at a place that has been recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine as the best airport in the country, but thinks working conditions should be held to the same standards.

Huntleigh employs nearly 200 people at the Portland airport.


Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - OR