Alaska Airlines is opposing a minimum wage increase at its Seattle hub, but a company spokesman said the company has not planned its response to a proposed Alaska minimum wage hike.
Company spokesman Paul McElroy said Alaska Airlines is opposed to SeaTac Proposition 1 because “we do not believe this particular proposition is the right solution.” He added that he was unaware of an Alaska minimum wage ballot measure and is not familiar with the company’s stance on it.
SeaTac Proposition No. 1, which went to the polls Nov. 5, would raise the minimum wage for airport-related businesses to $15 per hour. On election night, it appeared the measure had been overwhelmingly approved. As more mailed-in ballots have been counted, the margin has narrowed to a mere 43 votes.
While Alaska Airlines employees would not be directly covered by the proposition, the measure is expected to raise labor costs in the area.
Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and two small restaurant companies filed suit over the summer to block the proposal. On Friday, supporters of Proposition 1 asked a Washington state judge to move the case to federal court. That motion is still being debated.
In Alaska, ballot initiative 13MINW would increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.75 per hour in 2015, $9.75 per hour in 2016 and tie future increases to inflation.
If backers receive enough support, the measure would appear on the 2014 statewide ballot.
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