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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…


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…


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

February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Inslee considers raising minimum wage for state workers

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is reviewing the possibility of raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors. Inslee spoke outside the White House with a group of Democratic governors after a morning meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. His statement was the first time Inslee had indicated…


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February 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Murray, DelBene unfazed by predicted job losses from minimum-wage boost

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene were unfazed by a new Congressional Budget Office report predicting job losses if the federal minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour. The nonpartisan CBO estimated Tuesday the boost in the minimum wage would raise the wages of 16.5 million workers and lift 900,000 out of poverty….


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: minimum wage, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Sen. Patty Murray

January 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Rep. Larsen backs Democratic bill to raise federal minimum wage

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour gained one more backer Tuesday with Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett. Larsen joined at least 155 other Democrats — including four members from Washington — who already signed on as co-sponsors of the measure, introduced last March by Rep….


Comments | More in Congress | Topics: minimum wage, Rick Larsen

November 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure leads by 46 votes

By The Associated Press A ballot measure that seeks to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is leading by 46 votes. After Saturday’s ballot drop, Proposition 1 was passing with 2,936 “yes” votes compared to 2,890 “no” votes. On election night, it was leading by a 261-vote margin — a decent gap in a…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: minimum wage, Proposition 1, Sea Tac

November 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

SeaTac minimum wage measure pads lead

For the first time since election night, SeaTac’s minimum-wage proposal padded its lead Thursday. Proposition 1, which would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage for airport-related workers, led by 53 votes in an afternoon vote update. That may not sound like much, but it’s more than the 19-vote lead the measure held Wednesday. There are now 2,837 votes supporting…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: minimum wage, SeaTac, vote count update

November 5, 2013 at 7:16 AM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure takes narrow early lead

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…


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November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Sawant’s ambush attempt fails when Seattle City Council members use second door

Take it from someone whose job includes ambushing politicians with uncomfortable questions: you must always watch for the second door.

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant failed to do that this afternoon, dooming her plan to ask current council members entering their regularly scheduled meeting to sign a pledge to  increase the minimum wage.

Sawant and several supporters were waiting, oversized pledge in hand, outside council chambers as the 2 p.m. meeting start time approached, arrived and ticked past.

“Somehow they found another way to go inside,” campaign director Philip Locker breathlessly announced two minutes after 2, adding, “they have a secret door!”

The group then hurried inside to speak during public testimony.


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Seattle City Council | Topics: ed murray, kshama sawant, mike mcginn

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