Diverse clergy to lead hundreds on march to Alaska Airlines headquarters calling for good jobs at our airport

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SEPTEMBER 7, 2012***Contacts: Thea Levkovitz, thea@workingwa.org; Sage Wilson, sage@workingwa.org

Faith communities are joining a growing chorus calling for good jobs at Sea-Tac airport.

This Friday, a diverse delegation of clergy, including Muslim, Christian and Sikh leaders, will lead a march of more than 500 workers and community supporters calling on Alaska Airlines to make every airport job a good job. Faith leaders and airport workers will attempt to deliver a letter to Alaska’s CEO as hundreds rally in support at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac, immediately adjacent to Alaska's headquarters.

WHAT: Major march led by diverse clergy, including Muslim, Christian and Sikh leaders, calling on Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden to ensure Alaska makes sure its contractors provide good jobs.

WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2 pm

WHERE: Delegation will gather outside the SeaTac Doubletree near the airport at 18740 International Blvd, then march to Alaska Airlines corporate headquarters at 19300 International Blvd. in SeaTac, WA 98188. Hundreds of supporters will march and rally at Angle Lake Park immediately adjacent to Alaska Airlines headquarters.

Alaska Airlines, based in SeaTac, is considered a leader for its recent success in customer service. However, the airline has come under growing pressure from workers and community leaders for the conditions of thousands of poverty-wage workers at our airport who work for Alaska Airlines-contracted companies. These workers — including skycaps, baggage handlers, fuelers, cabin cleaners, and more — provide critical services to Alaska passengers. Many of these workers are immigrants and refugees from around the world who came to our region seeking a better life.

Alaska is the dominant airline at our airport, representing more than half the flights there. Workers and community leaders are calling on Alaska to make sure its success is shared with all the workers who make it possible.

For additional information: www.itsOURairport.org

Working Washington, a Washington based non-profit coalition of individuals, neighborhood associations, immigrant groups, civil rights organizations, people of faith, and labor united for good jobs and a fair economy.