Think of SeaTac the Next Time You Fly
Exciting things are happening right now in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
This Tuesday, voters will decide whether to raise the Seattle-Tacoma minimum wage to $15 per hour, from the current $9.10 per hour mandated in the area. If passed, this measure, known as Proposition 1, will raise pay for about 6,500 workers in the city - including many at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA-TAC) - and give paid sick days tomany workers for the first time. The initiative is also expected to lead to a $54 million income boost for the region and create 400 local jobs.
But what's exciting is that this isn't just a story about Seattle-Tacoma.
Airports are hubs of economic activity for the country. Airports and aviation-related industries are major employers that play a significant role in determining the health of our communities. Nationwide, 10 million people are employed in aviation-related jobs and the industry accounts for more than 5 percent of GDP.
Yet instead of providing good jobs for workers in our communities, the nation's airports and the airlines that contribute to their business are driving down standards for all workers. In fact, after decades of outsourcing critical services, airports and airlines have catalyzed a "race to the bottom"in standards resulting in poverty-wage jobs for many of the workers who provide critical services for passengers and companies. In Seattle-Tacoma, this trend has had a dramatic impact on the community with one in six residents living below the poverty line and the number of children in poverty nearly doubling in the last decade to about 31 percent.
No one who works hard and has a job in one of the largest sectors of our economy should have to struggle to survive on a low-paying job with little or no benefits - but that's what is happening across the country.
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