Sea-Tac Airport

Elections 2013
5:22 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

As $15 Minimum Wage Passes In SeaTac, Labor Looks To Seattle

Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

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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Elections 2013
5:26 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sea-Tac Workers Hope For $15 Wage: 'We Really Need Help Right Now'

The food court at Sea-Tac International Airport looks out on runway.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

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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Signatures Restored
6:11 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Headed to November Ballot

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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Airport Wages
11:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Are Sea-Tac Workers Paid Fairly? New Report Says No

A report by Puget Sound Sage says Sea-Tac employees are not fairly compensated.
Flickr Photo/ellenm1

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.

Port Of Seattle
12:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

President Of The Port Talks Future Plans, Possible Raises

Port of Seattle offices
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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.

Backscatter scanners
11:07 am
Thu December 27, 2012

No End In Sight For Sea-Tac Airport’s X-Ray Scanners

TSA officials say the new scanners can shorten the wait at security checkpoints, like this one at Sea-Tac Airport.
John Ryan KUOW Photo

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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Travel
12:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Please Remove Your Shoes And Jacket - The 411 On Airport Screening

How was your last trip through airport security?
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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.

State Audit
7:21 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Free Parking Glitch Costs Sea-Tac Airport $400,000

Sea-Tac International Airport
Credit John Ryan

If you study your credit card bills closely, you might have figured this one out already. If not, the Port of Seattle may have a little holiday gift for you.

Sea-Tac International Airport, run by the Port of Seattle, has given away nearly $400,000 in unintentionally free parking this year. That news comes courtesy of the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

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