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Category: Minimum wage
November 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Seattle City Council campaign round-up: Who’s running and who isn’t?

West Seattle (1st District) The race for West Seattle’s Seattle City Council seat is becoming more congested than the West Seattle Bridge during rush hour. Including George Capestany, a business consultant (and goat owner) who announced a bid Tuesday, there are now five people seeking the 1st District position as seven of the council’s nine seats move to geographic representation for the 2015 election. West Seattle…

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Comments | More in Local government, Marijuana, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, State government | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Alison Holcomb, George Capestany

November 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Seattle city employees may be put on $15-an-hour fast track

Months after passing a historic minimum-wage law, the Seattle City Council is  again considering action on the issue. It may add nearly $2 million to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget to boost the pay of all city employees to at least $15 an hour immediately, rather than on the same timeline as private-sector workers. Councilmember Kshama…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: $15 an hour minimum wage, minimum wage, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package. The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning. The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Minimum wage, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: Suzan DelBene, UPS

January 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Setting minimum wage would be state function under GOP bill

Minimum wage is an important discussion, but it should happen at the state level, said Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia. He’s sponsoring Senate Bill 6307, which would prohibit cities and counties from enacting laws to regulate minimum wage, hours and other private employee considerations. The bill would not set a minimum wage but would reserve that action for the…

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January 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

House Democrats propose $12 minimum wage

House Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would boost the state’s minimum wage nearly 30 percent, to $12 an hour, by 2017. Under the proposal, the state’s current $9.32 cent-an-hour minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015, and would get another $1 an hour bump at the beginning of…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: House Democrats, Jessyn Farrell