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PHOTOS: Workers Rally in SeaTac in Support of Airport Jobs


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 [2] and Working Washington [3], 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 [4] attended Saturday’s rally and march and shot the following photos. You can click individual images to view them larger.

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