Toolkit: Unionization and the workplace

We’ve heard from several members asking for guidance as unionization efforts within the hospitality industry have increased across the country. A new toolkit on our members-only hub has best practices, legal boundaries, do’s and don’ts and other helpful information.

SeaTac minimum wage will be $19.06 per hour in 2023

SeaTac’s minimum hourly wage for hospitality and transportation workers will be the highest in the nation in 2023. The minimum wage will rise 8.66% from $17.54 to $19.06 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023. You can read more on our minimum wage resources page.

Join us for our next Government Affairs listening session

Our Government Affairs team had great conversations with members in King, Whatcom and Pierce counties this week about issues concerning operators the most. Up next: we’ll be in Clark and Spokane counties to hear what you think our priorities should be for the upcoming legislative session. And we’ll have a virtual session on Nov. 10 for those who cannot attend in person. Sponsored by My Hospitality Insurance.

NW Hospitality Leadership Podcast: The 6 Types of Working Genius

In this month’s podcast, Washington Hospitality Association President & CEO Anthony Anton sits down with Chris Jenson of the Table Group to talk about the book, “The 6 Types of Working Genius” by Patrick Lencioni. The two are joined by Richard Boyles, president of Merete Hotel Management and Jenn Pickett, director of people & culture of WenSpok. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

Register now for the Washington State Hospitality Conference!

Registration is now open for the upcoming Washington State Hospitality Conference, an in-person event with workshops, vendors, receptions, awards and more. The conference will be on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 1-9 p.m. at the brand-new Point Ruston Silver Cloud in Tacoma.

Local News

Seattle launches Storefront Repair Fund

The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the launch of the Storefront Repair Fund, which leverages nearly $2 million of federal funding to repair or reimburse damage to small business storefronts. Small business owners can apply for grants up to $2,000 to repair current property damage or receive reimbursement for costs paid out-of-pocket. The application window is open now.

SRA November meeting: Register today!

Join us for the next SRA member meeting at 10 a.m., Nov. 2 at MariPili Tapas Bar, 1117 12th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122.
We will discuss:

  • marketing for restaurants
  • Government Affairs update

SDOT releases Seattle Transportation Online Engagement Hub

The Seattle Department of Transportation is starting phase two of the community engagement portion of the Seattle Transportation Plan, which will inform the city of Seattle on local transportation infrastructure investments for the next 20 years. The Engagement Hub is open now.

Hospitality Solutions

Health care season is here. Are you ready?

Your association has multiple offerings for medical, telemedicine, mental health, dental and more. These have been curated specifically for members and are designed to make your dollar stretch further. As you or your broker look to find the best packages for your employees, make sure to include us in your quote comparisons. If you need a broker, we have qualified partners who can assist.

Serve Pepsico at the same pricing as a national chain

Through our Group Purchasing Solutions (GPS), members can benefit from the same pricing national chains receive when serving Pepsico fountain beverages. Additionally, members will receive quarterly rebates and a local bottler will provide free equipment, free service and deliver the product. Email GPS Program Manager Riley Flock at to learn more.

Disclaimer: Offer available to locations not currently selling Pepsi products (must be Coke, RC, generic or new openings).

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