Sea-Tac Airport

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said his company wants to nearly double its footprint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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At the Alaska Airlines ticket counter at Sea-Tac Airport, parents Ron and Christine Vega wait for their boarding passes.

Their son, Gibson, 5, carries a blue backpack that has essentials for a mock airplane trip: snacks, things to keep him preoccupied and a white cloth towel that helps him deal with stress.

Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are long-term contractual allies. But now the relationship is being tested.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Washington employers must “reasonably” accommodate the religious practices of their employees.

The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Jack Temple, a National Employment Law Project policy analyst, about the movement to raise the minimum wage and why states are starting to take action.

$15 Minimum Wage Proponents To Appeal Court Decision

Dec 30, 2013
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Steve Scher talks with Heather Weiner, Yes! for SeaTac campaign spokeswoman, about the next steps after a King County Superior Court Judge ruled the minimum wage law would not apply to employees who work inside the Sea-Tac airport.

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Three weeks after Election Day, supporters of a measure to increase the minimum hourly wage to $15 in SeaTac celebrated their victory. With the last batch of votes counted, King County declared the proposition had passed with more than 1 percent of the vote.

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Suwanee Pringle, a worker at a shop at Sea-Tac International Airport, lights up at the mention of Proposition 1, which would raise her wage to $15 an hour.

"I’m really going to be happy, " Pringle said. "So I can afford to pay all my bills. Now I cannot afford to eat. I eat a cup of noodles even though I work so hard."

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For federal employees, Tuesday is payday. But because of the partial government shutdown thousands of federal employees are getting a reduced paycheck.

An initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City of SeaTac will appear on the November ballot. A ruling Friday from a state appeals court cleared the path for the measure to move forward.

SeaTac’s Prop 1 initiative aims to set a minimum wage at $15 an hour for many workers at and around the airport, like baggage handlers and hotel staff.

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Puget Sound Sage's latest report finds that Sea-Tac Airport has fallen behind when it comes to minimum worker pay when compared to some other West Coast airports.

How do Sea-Tac's wages compare to the national average, and if workers at the airport were to get raises who would bear the brunt of that cost? Ross Reynolds talks with Puget Sound Sage researcher and policy analyst Nicole Keenan.

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Should the Seattle Port Commissioners get a raise? Before you answer, consider the fact that the Port of Seattle owns and operates the nation’s 6th busiest US seaport. It also operates Sea-Tac International Airport — the nation’s 17th busiest. And the Port runs a four-passenger cruise terminal that saw around 800,000 passengers in 2011. Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Albro, the president of the Seattle Port Commission. Alboro has served on and chaired the Audit Committee and co-chaired the Century Agenda committee. His areas of focus as a port commissioner include promoting regional job and business growth, maintaining the urban industrial base, economic development and reducing the port’s environmental footprint. Tom Albro is also a trained civil engineer, owner and president of Seattle Monorail Services, which operates the Seattle Monorail, and is the former chairman of the Municipal League of King County.

SEa-Tac security
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The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly replacing passenger-screening machines at some of the nation’s largest airports. The TSA has been moving them to smaller airports and replacing them with security scanners that don’t use X-rays.

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Last year more than 32 million passengers passed through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and as this holiday season gears up we will see a bump in travel as people fly to see friends and family. So, more than 10 years after 9/11 how safe are our airports, what is the latest with the TSA. Ross Reynolds talks with Errol Southers, the associate director at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and a professor at the University of Southern California about the ins and outs of airport security.

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