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City Council Takes Up $15 Min. Wage Plan

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(Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council committee starts work Monday afternoon on the mayor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour.

In his proposal on Thursday, Ed Murray announced a business-labor compromise that would phase in pay raises over seven years, depending on the size of the business.

A group led by socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant (CHAH’-mah SAH’-want) is gathering signatures to put a $15 Now initiative on the November ballot.

A $15 minimum wage would give Seattle the highest minimum wage of any city in the nation.

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