Port commissioners should get a raise – only when we all do

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Union Coalition Supports Call for Salary Increase for Port Commissioners 
But raise should be conditioned on Port first certifying that all jobs at airport and seaport also pay living wages

Unions representing workers at the Port of Seattle believe everyone who works at our port deserves a living wage. For that reason, we support increasing the pay of Port Commissioners to the $42,000/year level proposed by Commissioner Albro — but only when all workers at our airport and seaport are paid living wages as well.

Today, there are about 4,000 people who are paid poverty wages for their work at Port of Seattle facilities, including the people who handle bags and clean aircraft cabins at Sea-Tac, those who transport passengers safely to and from the airport, and the truck drivers who move goods at our seaport. These workers have difficult and sometimes dangerous jobs, yet they typically are paid less than $10/hour — barely $20,000 a year if they work full-time. Continue reading

Faith Leaders to Airport Workers: Union Yes!

t-Ramos “I am proud to walk in solidarity with you for peace and economic justice in this world” — Michael Ramos, Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle

 

 

 

 

“My respected community members, I support you t-Hassanjoining unions for your well-being and your families. The respect and rights you will get will help you in reaching your future goals.” — Mohammed Sheikh Hassan, Afrique Service Center

 

 

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