Ten years ago today (5/13/05) Alaska Airlines illegally locked out nearly 500 men and women, many of them with decades of service at the airline. At 3 AM Alaska Airlines bused in subcontractor replacements — people paid much lower wages with fewer, if any, benefits, working for Menzies Aviation.
Over a 100 people gathered outside of Alaska Airlines headquarters late November to call on the airline to stop robbing us of our $15.
News crews pushed their way through the crowd interviewing us and taking video and photos as the SeaTac police looked on.
The fight for $15 at Sea-Tac Airport has gotten widespread attention. Journalists from around the globe have been watching and we have been speaking out about it to anyone who will listen. Continue reading →
Four people were arrested outside of Alaska Airlines Headquarters over the airlines continued attempts to rob the $15 minimum wage from SeaTac: Socrates Bravo, a Sea-Tac Airport worker; Reverend John Helmiere, Valley & Mountain Church; Kadra Osman, a former Sea-Tac Airport worker; and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
Healthcare experts held trainings this week for Sea-Tac workers on best practices for infection control to ensure the health & safety of everyone who works at our airport, or travels through it. Continue reading →
Unions are made up of workers standing together for better working conditions, pay, and respect in the workplace. Unions are how we show our power we have as workers when we come together.
We are stronger together.
When we stand together we can actually address some of the larger problems we all face in the workplace here at the airport. With all of us working together we have more power.
What do unions do?
One way we show our collective power is by bargaining a contract as a union.
Another way unions build collective power is by fighting for minimum wage laws, overtime, and other workplace protections.
Both ways are important. What really matters though is that when we are alone, management gets to decide what to do with us, but together we can push back against the problems we have at the workplace.
They can ignore one person, but they can’t ignore all of us speaking with one voice. Continue reading →