Mayor To Announce $15 Wage Plan On May Day
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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will announce on Thursday his plan for raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The plan would then go to the City Council for discussion. Labor interests are threatening a November ballot measure if the wage hike doesn’t happen fast enough.
Washington state already has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.32 an hour. Murray made raising the minimum wage a campaign promise last year.
Businesses want to see a plan to phase-in the increase, as well as credits for tips and health care benefits. Others are pushing for an immediate wage hike for big employers and a phase-in for smaller companies.
Murray has called a 10:30 a.m. news conference to announce his proposal.
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