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Quality Jobs at the Port of Seattle

As part of its primary mission, the Port of Seattle serves as an economic development agency, generating quality, family-wage jobs and economic growth for King County. The agency has authority over the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), ensuring safe and secure operations of the facility and providing a pleasant and consistent traveling experience for those who visit the airport.
In early 2014, the Port of Seattle Commission began development of policies which address issues of wage inequality and career development for the men and women who work at
Through the Quality Jobs Initiative, the port has developed a policy framework that is a targeted solution which specifically addresses the current employment environment at Sea-Tac.
    Components of the Initiative include:
  • A workforce development program that offers enhanced training and advancement opportunities that support job and economic growth throughout the region – not just at Sea-Tac;
  • A motion directing staff to incorporate Quality Jobs expectations into future Airport Dining and Retail leases, promoting livable wages, health care, and other benefits for the more than 15,000 men and women who are employed by tenants and concessionaires; and
  • Resolution No. 3694. In light of the August 20, 2015 decision by the Washington State Supreme Court, please see the Port of Seattle’s statement below. See Section 6F and Section 8 of the resolution for additional context.

Port of Seattle Statement on Washington State Supreme Court Ruling in BF Foods LLC vs. City of SeaTac

August 20, 2015
The Port of Seattle respects the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision on the City of SeaTac’s Prop 1 initiative and we are reviewing what effects the ruling may have on operations, policies and employment standards related to tenants, customers and stakeholders who work at Sea-Tac Airport. We are pleased the court agreed with the Port that we maintain sole jurisdiction over airport operations.
The Port of Seattle is committed to quality jobs and development of a strong workforce at the airport to support regional economic vitality.
The Port will work with the City of SeaTac, which is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of Prop 1.
To review the court’s ruling, you may go here.

The City of SeaTac is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of Prop 1.

Commissioners welcome feedback from travelers, tenants, and the general public about each component of the Quality Jobs Initiative. Please send comments or questions to As a reminder, all comments are subject to public disclosure per RCW 42.56.