When I heard that Sound Transit was refusing to run a paid advertisement on their buses and light rail, I wondered what it could be about. Was the ad obscene? Did it contain foul language? Promote drug use?
I was even more surprised when I saw the ad they want to censor. It's a simple banner featuring Hosea Wilcox, a skycap who only gets paid minimum wage after 31 years of work at our airport. The ad states "Let's make all airport jobs good jobs".
I just can't understand why anyone would be censoring an ad like that. What's the problem?
It turns out that Hosea Wilcox is not an isolated example. He's one of nearly 4,000 low-wage workers who make our airport run every day— baggage handlers, fuelers, taxicab drivers, transportation workers, passenger service workers, and others. Many of these workers are paid poverty wages, and for some reason Sound Transit doesn't want us to know about it. What are they afraid of?
Sound Transit has a choice. They can continue down the path of censorship, or they can run the ad and let the public hear about the poverty-wage jobs at our airport.
Sign the petition and tell Sound Transit to stop the censorship and run the good jobs airport ad.