Workers at SeaTac airport are finally getting the raise they and the labor movement fought for and won nearly two years ago. Alaska Airlines lost the debate with voters in 2013, so they attempted to reject democracy and throw their resources behind a court case to overturn the vote and protect their profits. Today they lost, and workers won.
The Washington State Supreme Court – which heard the case a year ago – has finally ruled to fully uphold SeaTac Proposition 1, which mandates employers must pay a $15 minimum wage, as well as guaranteed paid sick leave, worker job protection when an airline changes contractors, full-time hours for involuntary part-timers (which means they are entitled to health benefits as well), 100% tip protection, enforcement through private right-of-action.
And oh yeah, it’s all retroactive to January 1, 2014.
As we celebrate this victory, let’s not forget who stood with workers and who had to be dragged to right side of history. No other candidate or city official has been as steadfast in their support for the SeaTac workers as Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Kshama used her campaign in 2013 to amplify the voice of workers demanding $15 in SeaTac and in Seattle. She went on to lead the successful fight for $15 in Seattle while continuing to use her position to support the airport workers’ struggle to get justice. Kshama’s arrest in front Alaska Airlines, and subsequent dismissal of all charges, was exactly what we need more of our officials to do – stand up to the CEOs of big corporations that profit massively from poverty wages.
Kshama’s campaigns and record in office is exactly why Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines, donated $700 to our opponent’s campaign. It’s why $100,000 of big business money has flowed into our race. Make no mistake, there are billions in profits at stake. The CEOs want to unseat Kshama and cut across the movement we are building against the corporate agenda in Seattle and across the country.
Here’s how you can fight back against Brad Tilden and the corporate establishment:
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