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November 10, 2011 at 8:24 PM

150 protesters gather outside Port of Seattle celebration

More than 150 protesters gathered outside a dinner celebrating the Port of Seattle’s centennial Thursday to demand better jobs for some port workers.

A soup line was set up outside to contrast the $1,750-per-table dinner inside the Bell Harbor Conference Center at Pier 66. The Port event was sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. The protest was led by Occupy Seattle activists and local unions.

Sage Wilson, a spokesman for Working Washington, another organizer, acknowledged there were many good union jobs at the port, but said many other workers earn only $8.67 an hour.

“It’s hardly a port of prosperity for them,” he said.

The Port of Seattle said in a statement it recognized the protesters’ right to communicate their frustration. It said port activities generate nearly 200,000 jobs in Washington state – most of them good, family-wage jobs that have held steady during a struggling economy.

Thursday’s event was peaceful and there were no immediate reports of arrests.

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