If you drove past Sea-Tac International Airport on Saturday afternoon, you might have noticed a bit of excitement happening along International Boulevard.
The occasion was a rally and march in support of fair wages for airport and Port of Seattle workers.
Organized by OneAmerica and Working Washington, the event celebrated International Workers’ Day with a rally at the Sea-Tac Airport International Flag Pavilion and then a march down International Boulevard to Angle Lake Park.
Speakers at the rally included Congressman Adam Smith and King County Councilmember Julia Patterson.
The highlight of the rally was a series of talks by airport workers explaining the issues they face at work. The basic refrain was one that is becoming increasingly familiar… poverty-level wages, lack of benefits including affordable health care, and a sense that in a time of record corporate profits workers are being left out of that success.
In the words of Marine Corps veteran and airport worker Alex Popescu, “It’s appalling that I have to choose between filling my gas tank or feeding my family.”
Speakers and organizers singled out Alaska Airlines for special attention, suggesting that the airline has a great deal of influence over working conditions at Sea-Tac Airport.
The hundreds of attendees marched by the corporate headquarters on the way to Angle Lake Park.
A demonstration is planned at the Museum of Flight on May 15 during the Alaska Airlines Shareholder Meeting.
Photographer Michael Brunk attended Saturday’s rally and march and shot the following photos. You can click individual images to view them larger.