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November 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Minimum-wage rally planned for Thursday in Olympia

The group Working Washington, which has been advocating for a higher minimum wage, is planning to bring its message to the state Capitol.

But unlike the demonstrators who gathered for recent state Supreme Court hearings on education funding and sex-trafficking, the rally will come after a lower-key event: a State House Labor & Workforce Development committee meeting.

The rally is planned for 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol. The committee hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. that day.

“No matter where you work or where you live in our state, you can’t support yourself when you’re working for nine dollars and change. And you can’t grow an economy on poverty wages, either,” reads the media statement announcing the rally.

Working Washington organized a Nov. 19 protest in SeaTac, where Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and three others were arrested while calling for a $15 minimum wage for airport workers.

The city of Seattle approved a $15 hourly minimum wage this year, and in November voters in four states approved increases in their minimum wage.  Washington state’s minimum wage is $9.32, and will rise to $9.47 on Jan. 1.

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