Demanding that all jobs at the airport be good jobs, more than 900 airport employees and community supporters marched outside the Seattle airport on Saturday to call for workplace fairness, and a voice on a job. One of the largest groups to join in the rally were taxi cab drivers from Seattle’s metropolitan-area. Already engaged in an active campaign to achieve Teamster representation, the drivers lent their spirit and collective power to their brothers and sister employees at the airport. View more photos from the event, here.
"Many taxi drivers deal with Airport management practices and rules that hurt us,” said Gurminder Kahlon, a driver with Yellow Cab. “We need to come together so we are a strong and unified voice that can take on the authorities who regulate us. Working with Local 117 we know we can make this a reality."
Sea-Tac workers were joined by community and religious organizations from across the Seattle area. In addition, U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) addressed the rally.
The nearly 4,000 unorganized shuttle drivers, airplane fuelers, baggage handlers, off-airport, long-term parking attendants and others who keep the Sea-Tac airport running are committed to being represented by a union and enjoying the security of a collective bargaining agreement. Union representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Unite-HERE and the Teamsters have joined forces to assist Sea-Tac employees achieve fair union representation on the job.