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Quality Jobs at the Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle serves as an economic development agency, generating quality, family-wage jobs and economic growth for King County. The Port 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 that 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 those employed by tenants and concessionaires.

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

December 1, 2015
On Nov. 30, 2015, the State Supreme Court issued an order denying the request to reconsider its August 2015 decision that tenants and concessionaires at Sea-Tac Airport must comply with the City of SeaTac’s minimum wage requirements. The Port of Seattle is committed to quality jobs and development of a strong workforce at the airport to support regional economic vitality. While the City of SeaTac is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the law, the Port is working with airport tenants and concessionaires as they implement the provisions of the law. The Port will continue to work for livable wages, health care, and other benefits for the 17,000 employees who work at Sea-Tac Airport. 
To review the court’s August 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.