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December 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Oregon’s Multnomah County approves $15 minimum wage

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The minimum wage for Multnomah County employees will be $15 an hour starting in July 2016. The county Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to gradually increase the wage for the lowest-paid in the county labor force, such as on-call and temporary employees like election workers. The Oregonian reports about 150 now earn the…

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December 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Seattle City Councilmember Sawant charged with disorderly conduct

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and three other people arrested while taking part in a protest last month outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac were charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct, SeaTac city attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo said. The protesters arrested Nov. 19 were calling for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport workers to be paid at least $15 an hour. They were taken into…

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November 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seattle City Council may add minimum-wage investigators, funding to mayor’s budget

Seattle’s much-heralded new minimum wage is scheduled to take effect on April 1, but Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-2016 budget includes just one additional staff member next year to investigate businesses that may be breaking the city’s labor laws. That’s not nearly enough, says City Council President Tim Burgess, who’s asking his colleagues this…

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July 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Seattle’s minimum-wage law won’t face referendum vote

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law won’t face a referendum in the fall. King County Elections today said two referendum attempts failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. One, brought by business group Forward Seattle, submitted 18,929 signatures, but only 14,818 were found to be valid. The other referendum, by Save Our Choice,  submitted…

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July 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Officials asked to investigate whether signature gatherers made false claims about minimum wage

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle have asked King County prosecutors to investigate allegations that signature gatherers for a referendum that would put the measure to a vote in November are making fraudulent claims. Signature gatherers for Forward Seattle, which opposes the $15 minimum wage, have told  people that the measure would raise the…

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June 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Pete Holmes apologizes for charter amendment gaffe

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today apologized for his office’s failure to recognize that a 15 Now charter amendment couldn’t appear on the city ballot until 2015. “I have apologized to our city clients for not spotting the voter-proposed charter amendment issue sooner, and for not concluding our research sooner. I am committed to ensure that the CAO…

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June 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Franchise owners sue to stop Seattle’s minimum-wage plan

A group of Seattle franchise owners today sued to stop the city from moving forward with its current proposal to raise the minimum wage. The franchise owners argue that the law unfairly treats them as large-business owners, though they are independently owned and operated as small businesses. Under the proposal, they must increase their minimum wage…

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June 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Pushback builds against $15 minimum wage

Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman filed an initiative Wednesday that would make the state the sole authority for setting the minimum wage and remove Seattle’s ability to strike out on its own. The measure, which could be voted on by the entire state or enacted by the 2015 legislature, makes the state’s power retroactive to any ordinance…

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May 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

$15 minimum wage proposal heads to Monday City Council vote

Seattle City Council members voted unanimously this morning to pass a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The proposal will go to the full City Council for a final vote Monday. The vote came after a morning discussion about amendments, including one that  passed, that would delay implementation of a new city minimum-wage…

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May 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Seattle Times, City Hall staffers discuss Mayor Murray’s minimum wage proposal

Join Seattle Times staffers and Mayor Ed Murray’s Chief of Staff Chris Gregorich from noon to 1 p.m. today for a live chat about the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage. We’ll answer your questions, and discuss the impacts, at seattletimes.com. You can join the chat below, and begin submitting questions at 11:45 a.m. See you there! [do action=”scribblelive”…

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