A former community college professor who won a surprising citywide election was sworn in Monday as the first socialist City Council member in Seattle’s modern history.
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.
A King County Superior Judge has struck part of the voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage measure for airport workers in SeaTac.
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.
Businesses led by Alaska Air Group claim the city law should not apply at the airport.
Seattle marchers joined a national walkout to demand a higher minimum wage.
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.