$15 minimum wage
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.
A letter signed by about 50 elected officials was delivered on Monday to the Port of Seattle urging the government agency that runs Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to embrace a citizen-approved initiative and raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 an hour.
A preliminary budget analysis shows the move would cost Seattle an additional $690,000 in payroll and benefit costs.
The hourly increase of 13 cents, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a change in the consumer price index, according to the state Department of Labor and Industries.
Seattle’s incoming mayor is giving a large task force four months to come up with a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage.
Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is holding a news conference Tuesday to announce plans for securing a $15 an hour minimum wage for workers in the city.
The King County elections office is conducting a recount Monday on the proposition in the city of SeaTac to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
King County officials are expected to certify the election Tuesday after counting some straggling votes that likely won’t change the outcome.
A recount scenario is looking likely for a proposal that would bring a $15 minimum wage to workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.