On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, workers rally at LaGuardia Airport for a higher wages

Associated Press

About 150 New York City airport workers have rallied outside LaGuardia Airport to demand higher wages.

Thursday's rally was organized by union officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ.

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It took place on Martin Luther King Jr.'s actual birthday. Organizers said the civil rights leader would have supported the cause.

Elected officials including Congressman Charlie Rangel joined the protesters, who marched to the entrance of the airport but were stopped from entering by police.

There were no arrests.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey moved last year to raise hourly wages for some airport contractors and vendors by Feb. 1 and add holiday pay on Martin Luther King Day.

But union officials say more is needed.