Airport wheelchair agents will get less than minimum wage, contractor tells workers

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  1. sobore
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    They should be forced to pay up, we shall not forget, minimum wage isn't a living wage either.
     
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    Absolutely! That's a impossible wage to try to live on anywhere in the US. In NYC, living on $7.25 an hour is: "Mission Impossible"!
     
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    It is a tip job, I used them once, and they were tipped well, and the lady was a life saver. worth the 2 20s and more. international trip.

    Never appreciate them till you need them.

    I bet they do get stiffed, sometimes.
     
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    Personally, I would never have guessed that a uniformed airline or airport employee would expect, or even be allowed to accept, a tip.
     
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    TSO's help themselves to tips from time to time.
     
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    You don't tip the Air Serv employees that staff the entrances to security lines or attach the bag tags at many ticket counters?

    Me neither. And I don't tip the pilot either. :mad:
     
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    Who gets to decide that? Their employer? The nursing assistant the pushes me around in a wheelchair in the hospital is then in a tip job, too, right?

    Indeed, and they can't choose their clientele. Not everyone, even if they wanted to, would be willing to tip $20. Or for that matter even think they would be expected to (count me among those).
     
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    One subtle difference you seem to be missing is that the examples you are citing are not being paid getting minimum wage or less.

    This is not directed at anyone here in particular but it never ceases to amaze when people here fly first class, stay in $300/night hotels and drink $15 glasses of wine and yet they begrudge these people ( yes they do have a job) a couple of dollars:rolleyes:.
     
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    Well, apparently these folks we are talking about aren't paid minimum wage either. Sadly they are earning even less now.

    But my question was: who gets to decide which job category requires tipping? AirServ seems to have made this decision unilaterally.

    It has nothing to do with begrudging anyone anything. I simply hadn't thought of it as a "tipable" job. I would much prefer if they were paid a livable wage, so they don't have to depend on

    - people like me realizing they are living on tips.
    - getting a "fare" who can afford a decent tip
    - flights arriving/departing on time so they don't sit around earning < minimum wage

    (and I virtually never stay in $300/night hotels or drink $15/glass wines)
     

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