Working Washington unites low-wage workers to fight for a fair economy where everyone can support themselves, afford the basics, and contribute to the economy. Join us.
The state announced today that our state minimum wage is going up by a whopping 15 cents to $9.47 an hour — a nickel and a dime. That’s less than $400 a week, before taxes - if you work full time. Tell your legislators: our minimum wage may be the highest in the country, but it’s not enough.
After a brief press conference to a group of TV cameras, we marched from the McDonald’s on Madison down to the I-90 lid. We gathered there hearing from workers who declared that I-90 will now be known as WA-$15. “I’m on strike because minimum wage isn’t enough,” Suzanne said. “It’s not right. They are making all this money and they pay us so little I can’t even treat my kids once in a while. This needs to change.”
It’s official. Workers at Bags, who serve Alaska Airlines customers, at Sea-Tac Airport celebrated as the votes were counted in a union election. We won!
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.