Proposal for living wage surfaces in SeaTac

Proposal for living wage surfaces in SeaTac

Earlier this month, area labor unions revealed an initiative targeted at businesses in the City of SeaTac, particularly businesses inside SeaTac Airport.  The initiative contains the following features:

  • Establishes a minimum living wage of $15/hour – which is adjusted annually based on the CPI-W index.
  • Requires employers to provide paid sick leave benefits
  • Establishes requirements for worker retention and hiring that favor employees under collective bargaining agreements.

The initiative would apply only to restaurants inside of hotels, rental car companies, airline support services (e.g. baggage handlers, gate personnel, etc.), hotels in the City of SeaTac and parking businesses. The initiative would not apply to “stand alone” restaurants outside the airport, or to other manufacturing or service businesses outside of the airport. There is an interesting question of whether the City can regulate wage and labor policies over the Port of Seattle (who operates the airport).  The initiative appears to recognize that uncertainty; it simply contains language expressing an expectation that the Port of Seattle will abide by, and adopt, the same policies for businesses operating in the airport (including many restaurants and foodservice vendors). Read on.

Watch your mailbox for the Washington Restaurant Magazine 2013 Buyers Guide!
The annual Buyers Guide is set to hit member mailboxes sometime next week. The WRA Buyer’s Guide is a special directory inside the WRA’s magazine featuring our allied members. This will be a great resource for business owners and managers that can be used to find the best deals on a wide array of products and services specific to the restaurant industry.

Restaurants projected to add 448,000 summer jobs
Restaurants are expected to add 448,000 jobs this summer season, a 4.5 percent increase over the March 2013 employment level, according to National Restaurant Association (NRA) projections released today.  The projected gain represents an improvement over the 2012 summer season.

“Summer is the busiest season for restaurants in most parts of the country, and the stronger business leads to additional employment opportunities at all levels of a restaurant operation,” said Bruce Grindy, chief economist for the National Restaurant Association. “The projected addition of 448,000 summer restaurant jobs will be driven by a national economy that continues to improve, as well as consumers’ pent-up demand for restaurant services that remains at historically high levels.” Read on.

We need your input! Restaurant Industry Operations Survey deadline extended
It’s not too late for restaurant operators to participate in the NRA’s survey of restaurant operating costs. Operators who complete the survey before June 14 will receive a free copy of the 2013 edition of the Restaurant Industry Operations Report, data specific to their state or region (sample size permitting), and a chance to win one of three $500 gift cards. Take the survey.