Just in — the State Supreme Court has rejected Alaska's only remaining case touching on SeaTac Proposition 1. Case 90113-9 has been denied for review.
This case, dating back to summer 2013, was about the initial qualification of SeaTac Prop 1 for the ballot. By denying review, there is literally nothing left before state court for Alaska Air to pretend is still up in the air regarding the implementation of SeaTac Prop 1, including the $15 minimum wage, paid sick days, et al.
This was never a credible argument, but it was literally all they had left. in fact, here’s what Alaska Air spokesperson Bobbie Egan told the Seattle Times back on 12/31/2015, grasping for reasons why maybe they still didn’t have to follow the law after losing yet another court case on a different issue:
“There is still an outstanding issue before the state Supreme Court regarding the validity of the signatures collected to put Proposition 1 on the November 2013 ballot,” Egan said in an email statement. “This is not a new argument and the (Supreme Court) will decide whether to review this issue on its Feb. 9 review calendar.”
Review has now been denied in that case.
After a long delay, it’s time for $15 to finally arrive for several thousand poverty-wage workers at our airport. Alaska Airlines needs to ensure its contractors follow Prop 1 and every other law that applies at the airport. Because non-credible as it is, this was the only excuse they had left.
Will this cause The End of Days? Well SeaTac Prop 1 has been in effect for large hotels, parking lots, and car rental agencies since 1/1/2014… and the airport is booming, nearby hotels outside SeaTac are having to raise wages to compete, Cedarbrook Lodge (a major opponent of Prop 1) has expanded, and a new Marriott is currently under construction.