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Minimum Wage Raised to $19 at Three Manhattan-Area Airports

Passengers and workers walk through a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Passengers and workers walk through a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

The minimum wage will rise to $19 per hour by 2023 for workers at three airports run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Some will get an almost 20 percent pay boost starting in November.

The decision, by the authority’s board of directors, is intended to combat high turnover that’s hampering “the ability of airport workers to play a critical security role,” the agency said in a statement. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Phil Murphy of New Jersey, both Democrats, have pushed for greater minimum pay to help what typically are low-skilled workers to earn a living wage in their high-cost states. Small-business owners say they can’t afford the higher paychecks.