OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac should apply to workers at the airport.
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In its 5-4 ruling Thursday, the majority upheld the entirety of Proposition 1 and expanded it to airport workers, writing that there was no indication that the law would interfere with airport operations. SeaTac's minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour in 2014, and increased again to $15.24 this January because it is tied to the consumer price index.
Residents of SeaTac, the city that surrounds Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, voted in November 2013 to raise its minimum wage and give workers other protections. A month later, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that the law does not apply to the airport because it is controlled by the Port of Seattle, not the city of SeaTac.