Good news for low-wage hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac just came down, as the Washington State Court of Appeals has vacated the order by King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas that invalidated 61 signatures of SeaTac’s “Good Jobs Initiative,” which - if passed by voters in November - would raise the minimum wage around the airport to $15 an hour.
As is to be expected with anything involving high-paid lawyers and big business, there may be more fight to come. Kamb says that the initiative’s supporters, “expect initiative’s opponents -- Alaska Airlines and others -- to appeal,” today’s decision. However, Kamb goes on to note that even if opponents do appeal, the initiative will still be on November’s ballot.
Meanwhile, as KIRO TV’s Essex Porter has reported, moments earlier a King County judge denied a separate petition by “Good Jobs” supporters to get the initiative back on the ballot. However, as Porter notes on Twitter, “Court of Appeals ruling putting on SeaTac Living Wage on Nov. ballot supersedes today’s rejection by lower court judge.”