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Media Release: New Report Finds SeaTac Initiative Would Boost Economy and Create Jobs
Puget Sound Sage, a regional think tank, issued an analysis of the economic benefit of the SeaTac initiative. According to the analysis, increased worker spending will multiply, resulting in a $54 million income boost for the region and more than 400 new local jobs.
Press Release: Nonstandard Work Now One Third of WA Job Market
July 16th, 2013
Private sector employers in Washington’s service industry have become heavily reliant on part-time, temporary and contract workers. They are also adopting policies that effectively cut their workers off employer-based health care. A new report from regional think tank Puget Sound Sage called “Washington’s Changing Workforce” documents state trends in “nonstandard” or “contingent” employment in Washington. One key finding of the study is that such jobs now represent nearly a third of the state’s employment market.
Press Release: Nonstandard Work Now One Third of WA Job Market
Seattle – Private sector employers in Washington’s service industry have become heavily reliant on part-time, temporary and contract workers. They are also adopting policies that effectively cut their workers off employer-based health care. A new report from regional think tank Puget Sound Sage called “Washington’s Changing Workforce” documents state trends in “nonstandard” or “contingent” employment in Washington. One key finding of the study is that such jobs now represent nearly a third of the state’s employment market.
Press Release: Seattle City Council Passes South Lake Union Rezone
Seattle – Today, the Seattle City Council passed the South Lake Union rezone with the intent of balancing private interest with public value. While there appeared to be consensus among Council members to bring Seattle’s housing polices on par with the rest of the country’s major urban cities, the final compromise proposal fell short. This step in the right direction missed an opportunity to go farther and ensure we create a city where everyone can live and thrive.
Video: Below the Radar Presentation
How Sea‐Tac Airport's substandard working conditions hurt our region and how other major airports changed course toward growth and prosperity
Press Release: Sea-Tac Airport’s Harmful Working Conditions, One of the Worst Among West Coast Airports
Seattle – While many eyes have been on the recent ups and downs of the airline industry with Boeing’s outsourcing troubles and Alaska Airline’s on time award, today a regional think tank issued a report shedding light on the substandard working conditions at SeaTac Airport and the harmful consequences. The report titled, Below the Radar finds that SeaTac Airport has fallen behind minimum workforce standards compared to other west coast airports.
Port Pollution Update!
Truck Exhaust is Worse Than We Thought This week, Sage's Nicole Vallestero Keenan dug through the fine print of Port of Seattle environmental reports to discover that northwest ports have been emitting 2 to 3 times more Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) [ from trucks] in our communities than the port originally reported in 2007.

News Articles
SeaTac wage activists will appeal to state Supreme Court
by Ana Sofia KnaufPuget Sound Business Journal
If the wage increase were restored, according to workers' advocacy group Puget Sound Sage, that would increase the airport's worker retention and put Sea-Tac workers on a similar pay level as many other West Coast international airports, which include Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
$15 minimum wage supporters vow to fight on
by Gregory WallaceCNN Money
SeaTac’s minimum wage workers might not get their raise after all
by Lydia DePillisThe Washington Post
According to an analysis by the community group Puget Sound Sage, visitors account for 68 percent of the revenues of companies subject to the ballot measure, which could cover the $40 million extra in wages by increasing fees by between 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent.
American airports: Hotbeds of worker wage victories
by Claire ZillmanFortune
November 27th, 2013