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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 City Council President Tim Burgess (Credit: Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (Photo credit: Jon Lok / The Seattle Times) 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…


Comments | Topics: Mike O'Brien, minimum wage, paid sick leave

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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August 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Eight arrested at downtown rally of fast-food workers

Protesters for better wages for fast-food workers gather outside McDonald’s near Westlake Park Thursday afternoon. (Seattle Times photo by Marcus Yam) Eight protesters were arrested at a rally of fast-food workers in downtown Seattle Thursday evening. More than 100 people rallied at Westlake Park, marched in a circle at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Pine Street and then marched down…


Comments | Topics: fast-food workers, wage theft, Westlake Park