The Port Authority is warning three major airlines to raise airport worker pay or risk losing their gates.
Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye sent a letter to the heads of JetBlue, United, and American Airlines last month, telling them he wants immediate hike in pay for workers at Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports.
The pay hike applies to employees making $9 or less an hour.
Those wages should eventually rise to $10.10 an hour.
Foye says the airlines could lose their slots if they don't comply right away and that the pay raises are a must if the airlines want to negotiate leases at LaGuardia's new Central Terminal building.
The Port Authority also wants the airlines to pay workers for Martin Luther King Junior Day and give back pay for last month's holiday.
So far, Delta Airlines has agreed to the agency's demands.
For it's part United Airlines issued a statement which read, "United supports fair wages and benefits. We continue to review this important issue and will have any discussions about this directly with the Port Authority."
Officials with American Airlines have not commented on the letter.