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November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.” “We have to keep up the…

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November 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Seattle City Councilwoman Sawant arrested at wage protest

Update at 10:10 p.m.: A Working Washington spokesman said the organization expects the four people arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct during a wage protest to be released Wednesday night. Someone apparently posted bail for Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, spokesman Sage Wilson said. Original post: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant was arrested after she failed to disperse…

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September 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Seattle officials ask new housing affordability committee to seek solutions

Mayor Ed Murray vowed Tuesday to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis the same way he handled the debate earlier this year over raising the city’s minimum wage: by seeking recommendations from an advisory committee. The 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, established by a City Council resolution that Murray signed Tuesday, will be co-chaired by Faith Li…

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September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

$15 wage marchers cross from Seattle to Bellevue; rallies planned this afternoon

About 100 fast-food workers and supporters rallied at an overlook park above Interstate 90 over the noon hour Wednesday as part of an effort to bring the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage from Seattle to Bellevue. The group was heading across Lake Washington on the I-90 bridge in early afternoon, with plans to…

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July 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Forward Seattle delivers referendum signatures to oppose $15 minimum wage

Forward Seattle supporters this afternoon delivered what they hope are enough signatures to qualify a referendum for a public vote on the city $15 minimum wage. The group needs more than 16,500 valid voter signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons said her staff likely will not finish counting the…

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June 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Recap: How Seattle City Council meeting on $15 minimum wage unfolded

The Seattle City Council has unanimously adopted a plan to raise the minimum pay of Seattle workers to $15 an hour over the next three to seven years. The box below pulls in the tweets of Seattle Times staff covering the council meeting and reaction to the vote. Here’s the latest story about the vote. [do…

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April 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Group launches campaign to fend off $15 minimum wage

A former  SeaTac City Council member, who said his strong opposition to the $15 minimum wage there cost him his seat in last November’s election, is part of a grassroots organization of small-business owners and activists campaigning against a similar wage for Seattle. Rick Forschler and other members of Sustainable Wages Seattle held a news…

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