A House measure that aims to protect workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from losing their jobs when a new contractor takes over is meeting sharper opposition in the Senate.
The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Dave Upthegrove of Des Moines is aimed at maintaining labor peace at Sea-Tac, a vital entry point for goods and commerce. It sailed through the House committee process before opposition appeared during a floor vote that sent it to the Senate.
It would require new contractors providing services in the airport to retain the previous contractor’s employees for up to 90 days. If the performance of employees is satisfactory, the new contractor would have to offer them a job.
On Tuesday, a group of small-business owners said they are worried that the bill would force them to provide union-approved benefits.