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Support the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative by
Voting Yes on Prop 1 by November 5th

PROP 1...

...provides up to 6.5 days of paid sick leave for full-time airport employees, preventing the spread of dangerous disease and keeping our families and community safe. (Proposition 1, Section 7.45.020)

...encourages airport-related businesses to employ full time workers, creating jobs our neighbors can count on to make ends meet. (Proposition 1, Section 7.45.030)

...requires SeaTac hotels and hotel restaurants to do the right thing and give tips and service charges to the employees who perform the actual services. (Proposition 1, Section 7.45.040)

...ensures that SeaTac residents employed at and around the airport can receive a living wage of $15 helping them make ends meet. Because thousands of local employees will now have more money to buy locally, it’s estimated that Proposition 1 will create more than 400 new jobs, pumping $54 million into SeaTac’s struggling economy.

...exempts small businesses in SeaTac. Prop 1 specifically exempts SeaTac restaurants, grocery stores, and all other small businesses. Prop 1 also exempts small hotels (less than 100 rooms and fewer than 30 non-managerial employees), small airport parking lots (fewer than 25 non-managerial employees) and small retail businesses inside the airport (fewer than 10 non-managerial employees). (Proposition 1, Section 7.45.010)


Tonight’s Election Results

This win in SeaTac gives hope to thousands of people working for record-profit making corporations at the airport; hope that they can make bills on time, take care of a sick child, pursue an education, or save for retirement. Some workers at airports like SeaTac have seen their wages drop nearly 50% in the last 13 years, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. The last year of public demonstrations illustrates that there are millions of others like them in fast food restaurants and big box stores all over the country who work full-time, overtime, even two jobs, and cannot make ends meet. Voters in SeaTac said clearly that if you work hard for a living, you should have the opportunity to make a living. This vote is also a win for the local economy. By raising wages for more than 6,000 low-wage workers, the SeaTac initiative will provide a $54 million economic boost to the region, and create 400 new jobs. Voters in other cities may be soon demanding new approaches like this one to create good jobs that rebuild the economy from the middle out.

Truth Needle: No Campaign’s Ad is “Mostly False”

What we found [about the No Campaign's Ad]: Mostly false.

This ad refers to a study done by a global consulting firm, Cardno, for Common Sense SeaTac, a business-backed political committee opposed to Prop. 1.

The ad fails to mention that Cardno’s estimate for Prop. 1 enforcement costs covers a five-year period. What’s more, the study seems to use exaggerated estimates of the number of city workers needed to oversee the measure. – Seattle Times 11/1/13

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“I’m not anticipating much of an impact” on Alaska Airlines from Prop 1

McAdams Wright Ragen Analyst Michael Roarke, in Portland, called the minimum-wage issue so minor statistically he hasn’t put it in his analysis model for Alaska [Airlines]. “I’m not anticipating much of an impact for the company, whichever way the vote goes,” Roarke said… Simple math says a $6 hourly wage increase for the roughly 500 people who handle Alaska’s baggage would add about $6 million annually to Alaska’s expenses. That is less than 2 percent of Alaska’s $316 million in net earnings in 2012, which was a record year. – Puget Sound Business Journal  9/26/13

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