SEATAC, Wash. -- Port of Seattle Commissioners unveiled a new minimum wage package, which they say will lift the minimum compensation package to $15.50 an hour by 2017.
Commissioner Courtney Gregoire made the announcement on the resolution Tuesday at a commissioners meeting and says it is the end result of a six-month study on work conditions and compensation. The resolution, which needs final approval next week, would lift the minimum compensation to $13.72 in 2015, and again to the higher amount by 2017.
Gregoire says about 3,000 employees behind the security barrier would be eligible for the rate increase, and it would not apply to food workers.
In November, SeaTac voters approved a $15 an hour minimum wage, but the Port of Seattle has thus far successfully fought the implementation at the airport. The Port has claimed it is exempt from the new law. The Washington State Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the matter on Thursday. Gregoire said the announcement was not connected to that hearing.
Proponents of a pay increase did not stick around to hear Gregoire's announcement and interrupted the hearing with chants for an immediate pay increase before filing out of the board meeting room.