SEATAC – The SeaTac City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to put a living wage initiative on the November ballot.
The “Good Jobs Initiative” would set employment standards for workers employed in the transportation, tourism and hospitality industries in SeaTac, including paid sick leave, full-time work for those who need it, a wage of at least $15 an hour, job security for employees when companies change contractors, and assurances that tips and service charges go to the workers who perform the service.
The measure would cover businesses in and around the airport, including airport baggage handling, passenger services, cabin cleaning, aircraft fueling, security, and retail stores, along with hotels, rental car and parking lot facilities. Small businesses and non-airport related businesses are specifically exempt.
Initiative supporters delivered more than 2,500 signatures to the SeaTac City Clerk’s Office last month. Only 1,541 valid signatures were required to qualify the measure in the city.