SeaTac employers seek hearing on minimum wage

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SEATTLE (AP) — While most minimum-wage employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are being paid $15.24 an hour, employers are looking to contest the raise.

The Seattle Times reports ( ) that Alaska Airlines and three other plaintiffs on Tuesday asked King County Superior Court to hear new evidence on whether the city of SeaTac’s minimum-wage law interferes with airport operations.

The city raised minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers to $15 an hour in January 2014. After the proposition was passed, Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association, Filo Foods and BF Foods filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s power to dictate pay at Sea-Tac Airport, which is owned and operated by the Port of Seattle.

In August, the Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision and ruled that wages should go up at the airport.