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Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

Manuel Valdes, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle group seeking a $15 an hour minimum wage has filed the paperwork for a city initiative, increasing pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the city council to pass a wage increase without exemptions or delays.

The group, 15 Now, will have to collect more than 30,000 signatures to make the November city ballot, a number seemingly within their reach following election wins last year by candidates who supported a wage hike, including Kshama Sawant, a socialist who clinched a city council seat. Sawant is also a leader in 15 Now.

Organizer Jess Spear says Monday’s filing of a city charter amendment initiative is to pressure Murray to approve a “strong” ordinance without delays.

Murray created an advisory group of labor and business interests to chart a plan to increase the minimum wage. The group is not expected to recommend an immediate wage hike.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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