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Rally for good Port jobs this TODAY in Seattle

Join hundreds of Port of Seattle workers, community supporters and local elected leaders for a Good Jobs Rally this Thursday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside downtown Seattle’s Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave., where the American Association of Port Authorities is holding its convention this week.

Click to download the rally flier.

“They call it the ‘Port of Prosperity,’ we call it the ‘Port of Poverty & Pollution’,” reads the flier for the rally, which is being organized by Working Washington. Thousands of workers at our publicly-owned port only have access to part-time jobs, with low wages and no benefits. Thousands of neighbors who raise their families around our seaport and airport suffer from noise pollution and air pollution. Meanwhile, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani got a big raise, boosting his pay to more than $400,000. He is one of the highest paid port officials in the nation; he makes more than the Governor of Washington and almost as much as the President of the United States.

TAKE A STAND! The Port of Seattle should make sure that our local community benefits from good port jobs that strengthen our economy. Attend Thursday’s lunchtime rally outside the Westin Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and call on the Port and all American ports to stick to our good jobs principles:

  • Full-time work;
  • Environmental protection;
  • Local community hiring;
  • The right to organize; and
  • Dignity and respect.

Meanwhile, as Slog reports this morning, “some pranksters slipped a revised agenda underneath the doors of all 900 rooms at the Westin Hotel, promoting mock sessions like The ‘Green Washing’ of the Cargo Supply Chain Award, Handout Happy Hour, (and) Integrating Jim Crow into Today’s Workplace.” Check out the entire prank agenda.

CHECK OUT THE UNION DIFFERENCE in Washington: higher wages, affordable health and dental care, job and retirement security.

FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and a voice at work. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!