SeaTac’s $15 an Hour Wage Initiative Achieves Sig Threshold Quickly

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“Less than two weeks after filing a City of SeaTac initiative that would assure better wages and working conditions for thousands of low-wage SeaTac Airport workers, backers have announced that they have already surpassed the signature threshold.”

The initiative if passed will raise the minimum wage for these 5,000 workers to $15 an hour along with other reforms.

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/05/21/backers-pass-signature-threshold-on-seatac-measure-to-require-living-wages-for-airport-workers

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There are thousands of poverty-wage workers at our airport. Let’s make every airport job a good job.
Mission

Let’s make every job at Sea-Tac a good job.

Description
These baggage handlers, fuelers, passenger service workers, ground transportation workers, taxicab drivers, and cargo workers do work critical to the successful operations of Alaska and other airlines at our airport. However, they do not actually work for these large corporations.
Instead their jobs are contracted out to the lowest bidder. Most of these airline contractors pay poverty wages.
Workers across the airport report that benefits, if offered at all, are usually unaffordable for workers bringing home at or near the minimum wage for the long and onerous hours worked. And most of these workers are immigrants that have come from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to pursue a better life in Seattle. Their work is vital to keeping Sea-Tac running and providing good service for the more than 32 million passengers that pass through our airport. They work hard – sometimes holding down two or three jobs.
They deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and to a make a living wage.
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SeaTac Committee seeks higher minimum wage, employment standards

“For the past several days, a proposal by an outside group to raise some minimum salaries almost $6 an hour above the state minimum and impose mandatory paid sick leave for transportation and hospitality workers in have caused some concerns in the city.

“The proposed ordinance would raise minimum wages from the state’s current $9.19 per hour to $15 an hour for all workers defined to be in the hospitality and transportation businesses inside SeaTac.”

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PDF of the Initiative:

http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=7321

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Big Box Living Wage Ordinance Advances in D.C.

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‘Large retailer’ living-wage bill is moving forward in D. C.

Posted by Mike DeBonis on March 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Washington Post

“Big box” stores like a Lowe’s planned for Northeast are targeted by Council Chairman PhilMendelson’s bill

A D.C. Council bill that would require the city’s largest retailers — including Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot and others — to pay higher wages is showing signs of life.  The “Large Retailer Accountability Act,” introduced by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) in January,  will get a hearing next Wednesday before the council’s Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs committee.

The bill would require “large retailers” — defined as businesses operating an indoor store of at  least 75,000 square feet and whose corporate parent has sales of at least $1 billion — to pay  wages no lower than $11.75 per hour plus, benefits. That “living wage” would be indexed to the  local consumer price index every year.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/03/13/large-retailer-living-wage-bill-is-moving-forward/

WalMart organizes opposition to big box ordinance:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/03/14/wal-mart-is-among-dont-block-d-c-progress-backers/

Walmart’s Dickensian Internal Pay Policy Revealed – Poverty is Policy

via Huffington Post:

“The company website declares that “a job at Walmart opens the door to a better life” and “the chance to grow and build a career.” But interviews with 31 hourly workers and one former store manager reveal lives beset by paychecks too small to handle the bills, difficult to manage part-time schedules with hours subject to constant change, and little reason to hope for career advancement. Citing fear of losing their jobs, most spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The testimonials of these workers are confirmed by Walmart’s official compensation policy, an internal company document obtained by The Huffington Post, titled the “Field Non-Exempt Associate Pay Plan Fiscal Year 2013.” The plan details a rigid pay structure for hourly employees that makes it difficult for most to rise much beyond poverty-level wages.

Low-level workers typically start near minimum wage, and have the potential to earn raises of 20 to 40 cents an hour through incremental promotions. Flawless performance merits a 60 cent raise per year under the policy, regardless of how much time an employee has worked for the company.   As a result, a “solid performer” who starts at Walmart as a cart pusher making $8 an hour and receives one promotion, about the average rate, can expect to make $10.60 after working at the company for 6 years.

The Walmart pay plan is organized around seven levels of job difficulty for hourly workers, called Position Pay Grades (PPGs), ranging from cart-pushers (Level 1) and cashiers (Level 3), to cake decorators (Level 4) and customer service managers (Level 6). Each subsequent pay grade offers 20 to 40 cents more than the previous level, according to the document. This means that the base rate of pay for a top hourly position at Walmart, like a check-out supervisor, is $1.70 more than that of the lowest paying job.”

pdf of walmarts pay policy http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/Walmart_0.pdf

complete article at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/walmarts-internal-compensation-plan_n_2145086.html

Hundreds of Walmart Workers Walk Out – Federal Way, Washington Nov. 15, 2012 VIDEO

update fri 11/16 Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-walmart-union-idUSBRE8AF1DB20121116

update worker actions spread to Texas http://www.thenation.com/blog/171299/walmart-strike-takes-texas-organizers-promise-massive-black-friday-protest#

businessweek http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-16/wal-mart-workers-black-friday-strike

via KOMONEWS.com

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Walmart-workers-threaten-to-strike-on-Black-Friday-179589451.html?tab=video&c=y

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Hundreds of Walmart workers walked off the job on Thursday, and the employees are now threatening to strike on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Walmart workers are not unionized, but growing unrest over what they call low wages, shortened hours and few benefits has some of the employees threatening to strike.

VIDEO:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Walmart-workers-threaten-to-strike-on-Black-Friday-179589451.html?tab=video&c=y

More Photos http://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/179590821.html

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