December 7, 2015
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Supreme Court: SeaTac minimum wage applies to airport workers

The Washington Supreme Court will stand pat on its August ruling that employers within the Port of Seattle-run Seattle-Tacoma International Airport must pay the $15 minimum wage approved by SeaTac voters.

A coalition of employers, including Alaska Airlines, had asked the high court to reconsider its ruling, saying one municipal authority – the city – does not have the legal ability to impose rules on another independent municipal entity – the Port of Seattle.

“We believe there are unanswered questions in the Supreme Court’s decision,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. “We are evaluating the options so that all parties have clarity going forward.”

The court’s decision, issued last Monday, is effective immediately and is expected to affect about 4,700 employees.

With inflation since the bill’s passage, the minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers within the city of SeaTac is now $15.24.

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