Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics, Public Planning

State Supreme Court rules that SeaTac’s Good Jobs Proposition applies to airport workers

Work­ers at Seat­­tle-Taco­­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port must be paid a min­i­mum wage of $15/hour in accor­dance with the City of SeaT­ac’s Good Jobs law (Propo­si­tion #1, enact­ed by vot­ers in 2013) the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court ruled today. In a 5–4 deci­sion authored by Jus­tice Susan Owens, the Court held the air­port is not exempt from […]

Posted inBreaking News, Economic Security, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Port dispute at an end? ILWU says tentative agreement reached on new contract with PMA

A dis­pute between the Inter­na­tion­al Long­shore and Ware­house Union (ILWU) and the Pacif­ic Mar­itime Asso­ci­a­tion (PMA), a group of West Coast ter­mi­nal oper­a­tors, is at an end fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful nego­ti­a­tions on a new con­tract, the par­ties say. “After more than nine months of nego­ti­a­tions, we are pleased to have reached an agree­ment that is good for […]

Posted inNational Defense, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Theft of Victoria Clipper IV demonstrates the need for stronger port security

Ear­ly yes­ter­day morn­ing, the newest high speed cata­ma­ran in the Clip­per Nav­i­ga­tion fleet, the Vic­to­ria Clip­per IV, was stolen from its berth at Seat­tle’s Pier 69 by a reg­is­tered sex offend­er who lat­er told police he was try­ing to use the ves­sel to get to West Seat­tle. (Why he did­n’t just walk or take the […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Let’s build a constructive future for our region in the Port of Seattle’s second century

Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing are the remarks that NPI’s Pres­i­dent, Gael Tar­leton, deliv­ered at the first reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion for 2012, fol­low­ing her elec­tion as Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion for the remain­der of the year.  Thank you, fel­low Com­mis­sion­ers, for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to serve this com­ing year as Pres­i­dent of the Port […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

NPI’s Gael Tarleton elected to serve as President of Seattle Port Commission

Ear­li­er this evening, the Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion con­clud­ed its first meet­ing for the year 2012, at which Com­mis­sion­ers Bill Bryant and Gael Tar­leton (one of NPI’s found­ing board mem­bers) were sworn in for their sec­ond terms in office, fol­low­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion a few weeks ago. The Com­mis­sion also elect­ed its officers […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

For the first time in years, Port Commission will remain unchanged after an election

If last night’s ear­ly elec­tion returns are any indi­ca­tion, the five-mem­ber leg­isla­tive body that gov­erns the Port of Seat­tle is going to remain unchanged in the wake of this year’s elec­tion — the first time that has hap­pened in a long time. Incum­bent Com­mis­sion­ers Bill Bryant and Gael Tar­leton, who each oust­ed incum­bents back in 2007, […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Seattle Port Commission adopts resolution opposing Tim Eyman’s I‑1125

The Port of Seat­tle’s gov­ern­ing leg­isla­tive body today joined with the city coun­cils of Red­mond, Kirk­land, and Ren­ton in urg­ing a no vote on Tim Eyman’s Ini­tia­tive 1125, which would jeop­ar­dize cru­cial trans­porta­tion projects around the state by impos­ing sense­less restric­tions on tolling. In a unan­i­mous vote, the five port com­mis­sion­ers respon­si­ble for gov­ern­ing the […]