LGBTQ Space Needle Worker Campaign
Allyship has joined the campaign to ask that the Space Needle management settle a fair contract with employees and fly the Rainbow flag during Pride month. The reasons for this request are simple. Seattle has the second largest LGBT community in the country. A large percentage of workers in the hospitality and service industry identify as LGBTQ and these workers play a significant role in the Seattle economy.
In previous years, the Space Needle has flown the Rainbow Flag. This year, the Space Needle announced that it would not continue flying the flag. Seattle is recognized as a progressive city that celebrates and accepts diversity. The Space Needle is recognized as a worldwide symbol of Seattle. We feel that the symbol for our city should reflect our community culture and values and continue flying the rainbow flag during Pride.
The Space Needle employs many LGBTQ workers. Space Needle workers have not had a contract for the past two years. They are asking for living wages, health care benefits, job security and strong anti-discrimination language for sexual orientation and gender identity. Negotiating a fair contract would benefit all Space Needle employees.
Allyship has asked organizations to sign a solidarity letter addressed to Space Needle CEO, Ron Severt. The eight LGBT organizations that have signed the letter include Pridefest, Equal Rights Washington, Seattle LGBT Commission, LGBTQ Allyship, Entre Hermanos, Ingersoll Center, SAGE and Pride At Work. These organizations hope to persuade Space Needle management to do the right thing and fly the rainbow flag and negotiate a fair contract.