Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push |Marc Primo Pulisci

Below is the first part of an article Marc Primo Pulisci is reading by Jennifer Sullivan from blog.seattletimes.com. It reads...

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue.
Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.”
“We have to keep up the pressure,” Sawant said. “We’ve seen how big business has been on the offensive against workers rights. We need to defend our victories and fight for $15 an hour for all workers.”
Sawant was booked into the South Correctional Entity Regional Jail in Des Moines at 5:37 p.m. for investigation of disorderly conduct and released at 10:29 p.m., according to jail staff. SeaTac police arrested the council member and three others — a cargo handler, a former airport worker and a church pastor — because they were standing in the roadway.
The arrests were the culmination of a protest organized by Working Washington, which has been pushing for a higher minimum wage. On Wednesday night, about 100 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport workers and supporters gathered in SeaTac. The protesters then walked across International Boulevard and chanted in front of Alaska Airlines headquarters. Sawant and the three others were arrested after police told the group that anyone not on the sidewalk would be taken into custody.
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