And it's not like we can't do anything about it because, markets! The Port of Seattle is a taxpayer-funded public agency tasked with creating jobs and promoting economic development; it could impose higher job standards at Sea-Tac if it wanted to, just like the major California airports have. I mean, it's not like the airlines are going to take their business elsewhere just because they suddenly have to pay the guys fueling their planes a living wage.
But we don't pay these workers a living wage. Instead, we've allowed this contracting regime to push these workers and their families deeper into poverty, with the obvious negative impact on the communities surrounding the airport.