The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce recently revealed they were teaming up with the Washington Restaurant Association to oppose the $15 minimum wage in Olympia — and then they invited Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden to be their keynote speaker — like it was an anti-$15 revival meeting. So Olympia workers showed up and made sure their voices were heard too.
Alaska Airlines had another record-breaking year, but they've forgotten something as they broke through the stratosphere: the workers who got them to such heights in the first place. Alaska Airlines needs to do better: stop blocking the $15 that workers fought for and won, get out of the way of workers forming unions, and recommit to making every airport job a good job.
It’s remarkable enough that NPR thinks it’s appropriate to do a story about the impact of $15 on restaurants without talking to a single restaurant worker or restaurant customer. But it’s even more amazing that they apparently didn’t bother to google the names of the restaurant owners either.
Join hundreds of workers and community supporters from Seattle, Tacoma, and every city in between at the Alaska Airlines annual shareholder meeting. Together, we’ll urge the airline to give back to our communities by supporting good jobs and living wages at our airports: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:00 pm, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Apparently one California-based international pizza chain has decided they somehow can’t succeed in Seattle’s Capitol Hill — one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the fastest-growing large city in the United States. Meanwhile, 14 different Seattle pizza places have posted job openings on craiglist in just the past week.
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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.