AUGUST 20, 2015

AIRPORTS 

Washington State Supreme Court just gave Sea-Tac Airport workers a raise

Karen Ducey, August 20, 2015, Puget Sound Business Journal

The Washington State Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 that the city of SeaTac’s voter approved minimum wage law can be enforced at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The long-awaited ruling is a blow to Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK), one of the plaintiffs who argued that the city’s $15 an hour minimum wage shouldn’t apply to the airport. The airport is within the city’s boundaries but is operated by the Port of Seattle.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2015/08/washington-state-supreme-court-just-gave-sea-tac.html

 

 

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Port plagued by poor accounting, study finds

Marissa Luck, August 18, 2015, The Daily News

A new report commissioned by the Port of Longview found glaring problems with how the port manages and tracks its finances.

In some cases, the port — which has a budget in the tens of millions of dollars — still manages money through a handwritten log. On a more serious level, port staff can make purchases on “store credit” with little or no accountability.

Read more: http://tdn.com/news/port-plagued-by-poor-accounting-study-finds/article_e36d7376-cc83-5c80-adc1-8af66f869071.html

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

Washington Ports Handle Increased Container Cargo Volume

Erica E. Phillips, August 19, 2015, Wall Street Journal

The Northwest Seaport Alliance, which encompasses the Washington ports of Seattle and Tacoma, joined other major ocean ports on the West Coast in posting healthy gains in container cargo volume in July.

Full import containers at NWSA were up 8.3% over last July, and overall container volume was up 7.9%, though much of that was due to the large quantity of empty containers being shipped back to Asia, port officials said.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/washington-ports-handle-increased-container-cargo-volume-1440034598

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