Officials Pressure Port of Seattle About $15 Wage

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, February 10, 2014, Seattle Post Intelligencer

About 50 elected officials have sent a letter to the Port of Seattle urging the commissioners to embrace a citizen-approved initiative and raise the minimum wage for Sea-Tac employees to $15 an hour.


Sponsors of the initiative adopted by city of SeaTac voters in November are behind the letter delivered to the port on Monday. Port commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issue on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.


Letter signers include King County Council members and numerous state lawmakers.


A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the law applies to about 1,600 hotel and parking lot workers in SeaTac, but not to employees and contractors working within Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is run by the port. That decision is being appealed.

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