Why Sea-Tac Airport Workers Can’t Join a Union for Better Pay

In November, voters in the small city of SeaTac will decide whether to set one of the highest minimum wages in the country.

The controversial Proposition One would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for some workers, including ground crew at the airport. Alaska Airlines is fighting the measure.

Traditionally, when workers want better wages, they join a union. So why are airport workers taking this approach instead?

They don’t have a lot of choices – they’re stuck in a legal limbo under federal labor law.

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