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Port Authority OKs wage hike for airport workers

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has formally adopted a plan to raise wages for workers at its New York and New Jersey airports.

The agency operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in addition to smaller airports in both states. In recent months it had expressed support for raising wages for low-wage contract workers.

The Port Authority's board on Wednesday unanimously approved an immediate $1 hourly wage increase and a raise to $10.10 per hour next year. That amount is what President Barack Obama promoted as a nationwide minimum wage during his State of the Union address earlier this year.

Port Authority executive director Pat Foye says Delta, JetBlue and American airlines already are "on board" with the plan.

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