Workers in and around Sea-Tac Airport fought for and, in 2013, won $15. And now, the Washington State Supreme Court has agreed, handing down its decision in favor of workers and their families. The court upheld what we’ve been saying all along in this long process - workers at Sea-Tac Airport should be paid a living wage of $15 an hour.
The anti-minimum wage nonsense patrol has been so wrong so many times about Seattle's $15 minimum wage law that we can't help but cherrypick the data ourselves to show that maybe the bogus anti-minimum wage anecdotes themselves are actually boosting restaurant growth in Seattle.
On September 26th at Heritage Park in Olympia, join us as workers and community members have a community day in support of $15 for Olympia. Food, live music, art projects, guest speakers, and more are all happening.
The Seattle minimum wage in 2015 is $10/hr minimum wage AND $11/hr minimum compensation if you work for a smaller company or chain with less than 500 employees in total, across the country.
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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.