WALKING OUT INTO HISTORY:
how Seattle workers led the way to $15
This never should have happened. There is absolutely no reason for an airline like Alaska or a contractor like Menzies to lose track of workers on the Sea-Tac runway…
April 15th is going to be the biggest day of action yet, with rallies and other actions across the state — Spokane to Olympia and Yakima to SeaTac — and across the country. Watch this page for live updates throughout the day. We made history by passing a $15/hour minimum wage in Seattle last year — but $15 is just the beginning — Inequality ends with us.
The Seattle workers who won the city's landmark $15 minimum wage law will see their first increases next week, while the movement to raise wages and lift up the economy continues to spread across the state.
And yes, there will still be restaurants.
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Hundreds of fast food workers with Working Washington launched strikelines across Seattle in May 2013, calling for $15 an hour and the right to organize, and sparking a movement to strike poverty by raising wages. Through a year of intensifying of marches, boycotts, strikes, and other mobilizations, worker voices dominated the public debate, making income inequality and the minimum wage into the central public issues of the day.
There are thousands of poverty-wage workers at our first-class airport, including the people who handle bags, clean cabins, provide passenger services, and fuel the planes. These poverty-wage workers at Sea-Tac Airport aren’t employed by the airlines or even the Port of Seattle, which runs the airport. Instead, these jobs have been contracted out to the lowest-bidder, driving down wages and benefits. Now these workers are organizing to make every job at our airport a good job. And they are winning.
We have the power to build a better future. We can create good jobs by investing in our communities. We can stop the cuts to healthcare, education, and other services. And we can make sure the rich pay their fair share so every community can thrive.
But the economy isn’t going to improve if we just wait for the corporations and the politicians to do the right thing. That’s why we’re building a movement to fight for good jobs and a better future for everyone.