A new report from Puget Sound Sage finds that Sea-Tac contract workers have by far the worst pay, benefits, and job protections of any major West Coast airport.
And it's not like we can't do anything about it because, markets! The Port of Seattle is a taxpayer-funded public agency tasked with creating jobs and promoting economic development; it could impose higher job standards at Sea-Tac if it wanted to, just like the major California airports have. I mean, it's not like the airlines are going to take their business elsewhere just because they suddenly have to pay the guys fueling their planes a living wage.
But we don't pay these workers a living wage. Instead, we've allowed this contracting regime to push these workers and their families deeper into poverty, with the obvious negative impact on the communities surrounding the airport.
It's really kinda shameful.