TV news reporter James Rosen – who spied on by the Obama administration and who left Fox News 3 years ago in the midst of sexual harassment allegations – recently took to twitter to complain about being unable to get wheelchair assistance from American Airlines at Washington National airport for his wife.
— James Rosen (@JamesRosenTV) April 19, 2021
A tipster shares that Prospect Airport Services at Charlotte’s airport went from “300 passenger service agents to 30 because of low wages. They’re offering a signing bonus, but the $9 pay isn’t attracting qualified candidates.” That may provide some insight into challenges at Washington’s National airport, and all over the country.
The equivalent average (pre-tax) wage in North Carolina paid out by unemployment is higher than what’s being offered here (in many states the gap would be much higher). In California it’s apparently tough for restaurants to find dishwashers at $20 an hour. That’s not just because of competition from unemployment, though, parents with children have found it difficult to work where schools have been closed (at least at wages that don’t also allow for covering childcare, whose cost is also up in some cases).
For folks who help pushing wheelchairs, $9 isn’t the true wage. That amount needs to include tips, though I’m not sure this is something that’s well-marketed to potential candidates.
This is presumably a short-term situation, since both pandemic unemployment bonuses and closed schools will be done by September. Although it’s unclear what sort of lasting effects there will be from people being hired now at higher-than-normal wages (which tend to be sticky downward).