With what’s at stake perhaps it should come as no surprise that the powerful corporate forces fighting against the SeaTac “Good Jobs Initiative” - which, if passed, would raise minimum wage for airport and hotel industry workers to $15 and hour - aren’t ready to give up just yet.
As we noted Friday, after the initiative was momentarily thwarted by a ruling by King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas invalidating 61 signatures, a Washington Court of Appeals panel reversed that decision, allowing the signatures to be counted and putting the initiative back on the ballot. While a lower King County judge sided with Darvas on the same day, the Appeals court ruling superseded it.
What supersedes an Appeals court ruling? A state Supreme Court ruling, of course - which is just what Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and a host of other corporate interests fighting against the SeaTac minimum wage initiative are now seeking. Filing the paperwork Monday, the motion asks for an emergency review of the Appeals court ruling by late this week - fast enough to prevent the initiative from being printed on SeaTac ballots and creating an error that would be “impossible to correct,” according to the plaintiffs.
You can read the full motion here. It focuses on the validity of the signatures gathered and whether the Appeals court - which has yet to publish its written opinion - erred in its ruling last week.