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Seattle Council PASSES $15 Minimum Wage!

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In breaking news, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance just this week which will gradually increases the minimum wage to $15. This ground-breaking move will make Seattle’s the highest minimum wage in the United States.

An excited crowd of mostly labor activists filled the Council chambers during and after the vote. Mayor Ed Murray promised during his campaign last year that he would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. As well, Kshama Sawant, a socialist City Council member pushed hard for the idea as well.

“We did it. Workers did this,” Sawant said. “We need to continue to build an even more powerful movement.”

Another councilmember Tom Rasmussen added that “Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages” and further to address the “widening gap between the rich and the poor.”

This measure will take effect on April 1, 2015. It will include a phase-in of the wage over several years of gradual increases. This will include a slower process of increasing to $15 an hour for small businesses. This will then allow them to adjust slowly to the growing income that residents in the city will have, so that they will be without any excuse for not following suit and raising the wage.

Businesses with more than 500 employees across the nation will have at least three years to phase in the increase. If they provide health insurance then they will have a total of four years to complete the transition. Smaller businesses, however, will have up to seven years. San Francisco currently has the nation’s highest hourly minimum wage at $10.74.

California, Connecticut and Maryland have recently passed bills increasing wages in their states to $10 or more in coming years.

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2 Comments on "Seattle Council PASSES $15 Minimum Wage!"

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  1. Lucifer says:

    We won? Lol, what did you win? Seattle should have looked at it’s neighboor SeaTac.

  2. Guest says:

    From the Slog.
    Early this morning, local
    business coalition Forward Seattle, which has been promising for a long time that they’d file their own simpler,
    more business-friendly minimum-wage ballot measure, officially announced
    their intention to do so.

    The basic outline of
    their plan, which they call in a statement a “straight-forward, no
    exceptions approach,” starts at $10.10 in 2015, then rises 40 cents a year
    until it hits $12.50 in 2020. They’ve filed their campaign with the City
    of Seattle, though we haven’t seen their ballot language yet. Just like 15 Now,
    they say their measure will be an amendment to the city charter, a measure
    that’s trickier to undo than a simple initiative. Forward Seattle says the
    businesses they represent have “actively participated, but have been
    underrepresented in the minimum wage debate.”

    That’s not the only
    challenge Seattle’s just days-old $15 minimum wage law is facing. PubliCola
    reports this morning that Tim
    Eyman filed an initiative yesterday to
    give the state sole power to institute minimum wage, superseding any local
    measures; the goal appears to be to get it on the 2015 ballot.

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