Byron E. Small

Byron E. Small

Speaking of minimum wage battles, Bloomberg reported this week that several airlines have challenged the actions of the Port of Seattle Commission last July when it enacted a minimum $15/hour wage for airport workers in the City of Sea-Tac, which completely encompasses the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  In the case, known as the Air Transport Association of America Inc v. Port of Seattle, 14-cv-01733, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle), the plaintiffs allege that Sea-Tac’s elevated minimum wage is pre-empted by federal laws, including the Railway Labor Act, which purportedly governs the employment of airport workers.  There’ll be much more to come on this issue in the future.