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Baltimore City Council adopts resolution to improve safety at BWI, Port of Baltimore

Posted: 10:09 PM, Jun 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-25 09:06:11-04
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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution on Monday urging the Maryland State Senate and House to support a bill that would improve safety at the BWI Airport and Port of Baltimore.

The bill would improve wages to help attract and retain experienced and trained workers at sites with heightened security.

“State lawmakers have an important opportunity to help keep the public safe and inject sorely needed funds into our communities,” said Councilmember Shannon Sneed. “Thousands of BWI, Port of Baltimore, Penn Station workers are Baltimore City residents who need and deserve to share in the prosperity they help create. It’s in all of our best interest of these men and women are focused on keeping Marylanders safe instead of worrying about how to make ends meet.”

In May, BWI Marshall Airport workers demanded that their employer, Menzies Aviation, PLC fix dangerous conditions at the airport, following an inspection by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH).

Higher wages have already been applied to similar “heightened security locations” such as LAX Airport, Oakland Airport, the Port of Oakland, EWR, JFK and LGA.