The people of Ellensburg RESPOND TO Rep. Matt Manweller'S MINIMUM WAGE RANT
Details leak out of ALEC meeting where they discuss strategies for putting "the right face" on its pro-McPoverty attack on Seattle's $15 minimum wage law.
Hundreds of Seattle University faculty and students walked out in support of quality education, fair compensation, and the right of the faculty to unionize. However, Seattle University has been delaying the union process through litigation.
With arraignment of arrestees set for Thursday, Working Washington offers Motion to Intervene in court of public opinion to charge Tilden and Alaska Air Group instead of airport worker Socrates Bravo, faith leader Rev. John Helmiere, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
As the State Legislature considers bills to raise the minimum wage and establish a minimum standard for paid sick days, we asked people across the state to answer a simple question. The answers we received are a heartbreaking call to action.
The week in work: restaurant meals are a form of terrorism; Space Needle management spins in reverse; Pasco rises up; and all kinds of beastly things at our airports
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.