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November 18, 2013 at 5:11 PM
A ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for hospitality and transportation workers in SeaTac held a 46-vote lead in updated results this afternoon.
SeaTac Proposition 1 held the same lead in previous results released Saturday by King County Elections.
The measure now is ahead 50.39 percent to 49.61 percent.
An additional 118 votes were counted today, cutting the estimated number of votes still to be counted to less than 100.
There is no automatic recount for local ballot measures under state law, but a campaign can pay to have one done.
Votes will continue to be counted until results are certified Nov. 26 by the King County Canvassing Board.
Proposition 1 would create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for roughly 6,300 workers at 72 businesses in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also would guarantee paid sick leave and require employers to offer part-time workers additional hours before hiring additional part-timers.
Seattle Times staff reporter Justin Mayo contributed to this post.
November 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM
A voter initiative to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac still leads after eight days of vote counting, but the election remains too close to call.
SeaTac Proposition 1 led Friday by 49 votes, down from a 53-vote lead Thursday.
Only 88 additional ballots were counted Friday.
Proposition 1 leads with a total of 2,879 votes, or 50.43 percent to 49.57 percent.
The Nov. 5 ballot measure would create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for an estimated 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also guarantees annual increases tied to inflation, paid sick leave and tip protection.
Both supporters and opponents of Prop 1 say a recount is all but certain. While exact figures are unavailable, the number of ballots still to be counted now appears to be fewer than 300.
November 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM
A ballot measure to create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac fell to a razor-thin lead of 19 votes Wednesday afternoon.
An additional 156 ballots from SeaTac were counted Wednesday. The measure’s opponents captured 90 votes, giving them 2,730 votes in all.
Supporters of SeaTac Proposition 1 gained 66 votes, for a total of 2,749. That leaves them barely ahead with 50.17 percent to 49.83 percent.
An estimated 250 to 350 ballots still must be counted, with final results certified on Nov. 26.
Both sides say a recount is all but certain.
Although state law does not provide an automatic recount for local ballot measures, a campaign can pay to have one done.
SeaTac Proposition 1 creates a $15-an-hour minimum wage for roughly 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It also guarantees annual inflation adjustments, paid sick leave and tip protection.
November 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM
The outcome of a ballot measure to create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac remains in limbo.
SeaTac Proposition 1, which would raise the wage floor to $15 and guarantee paid sick leave for roughly 6,300 hospitality and transportation workers, held its lead in vote returns Thursday, but the gap narrowed.
With 4,325 votes counted, Proposition 1 led 52 percent to 48 percent. That represents a difference of only 179 votes out of 12,100 registered voters in SeaTac.
Wednesday, Proposition 1 led 53 percent to 47 percent, or by 236 votes.
Supporters of the measure said in a statement that they’re still winning, and they expect ballot counts to be between 6,000 and
Proposition 1 would take effect Jan. 1, covering workers at about 70 airport-related businesses in SeaTac, including airline contractors, hotels and car-rental companies.
Opponents of the measure said the race still is too close to call.
“There’s reason to believe that the ‘no’ votes were later in coming in,” said Gary Smith, spokesman for Common Sense SeaTac, a business-backed political committee opposed to Proposition 1. “We’re content to wait and see what happens.”
November 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM
A $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers in SeaTac still appears too close to call.
SeaTac Proposition 1, which would raise the hourly wage floor to $15 and require paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers, led with 53.2 percent after a second round of vote counting Wednesday.
The union-backed measure would take effect Jan. 1, covering roughly 6,300 workers at 72 airport-related businesses in SeaTac, including hotels, car-rental companies and parking lots.
With 3,697 votes counted, Proposition 1 led 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent — a difference of 237 votes out of a total of 12,100 registered voters citywide.
That’s a slightly smaller lead than Proposition 1 had after the first returns Tuesday night, when it led 54 percent to 46 percent, or by 261 votes.
November 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: A SeaTac ballot measure to create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers took a narrow lead in initial results Tuesday.
With 3,283 votes counted, SeaTac Proposition 1 led 54 percent to 46 percent — a difference of only 261 votes in a city with 12,100 registered voters.
At a campaign event in SeaTac, supporters were optimistic that uncounted votes would go their way.
“This means that the people who put fuel in jets may actually be able to buy a ticket on one,” said David Rolf, a vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
But Proposition 1 opponents said the race was too close to call.
Washington’s mail-in voting system means ballots will continue to arrive after Tuesday, and the outcome might not be known until Friday, said Scott Ostrander, general manager of Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac.
“It’s a really small margin,” said Ostrander, co-chair of a business-backed political committee opposed to Proposition 1. “We’re estimating there’s probably 6,500 to 6,800 ballots out there, and we’ve only probably seen about 50 percent.”
ORIGINAL POST: SeaTac voters today will decide whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for hospitality and transportation workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. That rate represents a 63 percent increase from Washington’s hourly minimum rate of $9.19, which will rise on Jan. 1 to $9.32, the highest of any state.
Proposition 1 also calls for annual increases tied to inflation, paid sick leave and tip protection. It would require employers to offer part-time workers more hours before hiring additional part-timers and to keep employees for at least three months after an ownership change.
The ballot measure would take effect Jan. 1, covering roughly 6,300 workers at 72 airport-related businesses in SeaTac, including hotels, car-rental companies and parking lots.
Supporters of Prop. 1 say it would lift minimum-wage workers out of poverty, give them more money to spend at local businesses and boost the economy. Opponents say it would force businesses to raise prices and cut staff, and would leave taxpayers footing the bill for enforcement costs.
Prop. 1 is part of a broader national debate about rising income inequality and government’s role in improving workers’ wages. It also reflects a desire by organized labor to reinvent itself and reverse a decades-long decline in union membership: Prop. 1 is supported by labor groups, and includes a waiver for employers with union contracts.
November 6, 2012 at 10:37 PM
In an excess of caution, Suzan Delbene told her supporters Tuesday night, “I am very confident we’re going to win.”
Democrat DelBene, had 53 percent of the vote to Republican John Koster’s 46 percent in the race for the 1st Congressional Distict, which stretches from Redmond to Canada.
She thanked Koster for his “strong commitment to public service,” but said he had not yet called to concede.
“We have a district that’s evenly divided, supposedly the most evenly divided in the country” she said.
“For me, this campaign always has been about standing up for working families and the middle class.”
Meanwhile, Koster said it’s too soon to concede the race.
“There’s too many votes left to count,” he said late Tuesday.
In an interview, DelBene, a former Microsoft vice president and state revenue director, said, “Voters want someone who’s going to focus on results rather than rhetoric.”
DelBene was joined by her husband, Kurt, president of Microsoft’s Office division; mother Beth Oliver of Arizona; sister Linda Marquardt; and daughter Becca Fine, a political science major at Dickinson college in Pennsylvania.
“I wanted to be here to experience this with my mom,” Fine said. “My mom and I are very close. I’ve watched her work so hard for this. To see her achieve this is priceless.”
November 6, 2012 at 8:19 PM
Congressional hopeful Suzan DelBene, joined by Gov. Chris Gregoire and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, dashed through a crowd of about 80 supporters at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland before ducking into an elevator shortly before 8 p.m.
Gregoire was said to be headed downtown for the Democrats’ statewide party at the Westin.
Larsen, D-Everett, is expected to easily beat Republican challenger Dan Matthews of Mukilteo for a seventh term in Congress. He said he’ll spend Tuesday night “celebrating what I think will be a Suzan DelBene victory.”
“I feel really good about my race. I feel really good about Suzan’s race,” Larsen said. “It looks like Democrats are may fall short of a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but we’re standing pretty tall here in Washington state.”
DelBene’s supporters, treated to spring rolls and steak skewers, are becoming increasingly animated as results pour in from around the country.
The cheers were practically deafening as NBC projected Obama to win Ohio just now.
November 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM
Democrat Suzan DelBene, who’s running against Republican John Koster in the hotly contested 1st Congressional District race, has arrived at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland but isn’t expected to greet the small gathering for another hour or so.
Campaign spokesman Viet Shelton said DelBene likely will not make public remarks until 15 minutes after all four counties in the district — King, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom — release their initial results, in less than an hour.
Gov. Chris Gregoire also is expected to make an appearance around 8 p.m. before moving on to the Democrats’ statewide party at the Westin in downtown Seattle.
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