SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A Seattle city councilwoman and two other activists are on trial in the city of SeaTac on Thursday for disorderly conduct charges connected with a November minimum wage protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters.
Kshama Sawant and three others were arrested Nov. 19 during a demonstration that called for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport workers to be paid at least $15 an hour. The city attorney’s office says one of the people arrested has entered a plea agreement so only three are on trial.
Residents of the city surrounding the airport have approved a $15 minimum wage, but the airline has argued in separate court actions that the law should not affect airport workers.
The Seattle Times reports Sawant, a Methodist pastor and a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport worker spoke to a crowd of supporters before the trial began.
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