Workers for Menzies Aviation, which provides baggage handling, cabin cleaning and other services for airlines, staged a demonstration at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Several dozen workers for Menzies Aviation, which provides baggage handling, cabin cleaning and other services for airlines, staged a demonstration Friday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
They said they were protesting what they called unfair-labor practices, and rallying in support of their rights to organize for a $15 minimum wage.
About 116 people took part in the demonstration, according to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
At Sea-Tac Airport, about 800 people work for Menzies, a contractor for Alaska Airlines that provides ramp agents, baggage handlers and other such service workers, according to Menzies.
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“Today’s labor action at Seattle International Airport has not disrupted Menzies Aviation’s airport operations and we do not anticipate any impact on passenger travel,” Menzies said in a statement.
“The Service Employees International Union has no formal relationship with Menzies Aviation or its employees at Seattle International Airport,” the company said.
Alaska Airlines said Friday it was seeing no operational impact from the demonstration.
The workers were demanding an end to what they say is Menzies interfering with efforts by workers to push for a $15 hourly wage and a safe workplace, according to SEIU.
Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled last month that a $15 minimum wage law, passed by the city of SeaTac in 2013, also applied to hospitality and transportation workers at Sea-Tac Airport.
But Alaska Airlines, along with other organizations, this week filed a motion for reconsideration, which means that the Supreme Court decision boosting the minimum wage at the airport is on hold until the justices decide on the motion.