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Seattle Just Announced A $15 Minimum Wage, Highest In Nation

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Last December, Seattle City Councilwoman-elect Kshama Sawant made her intentions loud and clear at a news conference: “2014 will be the year of $15-an-hour minimum wage in Seattle.”

Her statements were bold, and across the country, few thought the first popularly elected socialist candidate in the council in more than 100 year, stood little chance of succeeding. But today, the mayor of Seattle announced that he has developed a plan for a $15 minimum wage. This plan has wide backing from the city’s lawmakers, labor leaders and business community.

Mayor Ed Murray says the plan will gradually raise the city’s minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 over the course of three to seven years. This will make it the highest minimum wage in the nation.

The increase could be slowed for individual employers depending upon how many workers they have and the value of their non-wage benefits offered.

The plan offers virtually no forgiveness to businesses with more than 500 employees. They will have to reach the $15 wage floor by 2017.

“Once again Seattle has chosen to collaborate and Seattle workers are going to get a raise,” Murray declared at a news conference today.

The plan is just a proposal for now, and still requires legislation to be written and passed. But the mayor says there is wide support and he is confident it will go through.

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