living wage http://www.kplu.org en Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-are-seattle-restaurant-owners-pushing-so-called-tip-credit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143898828&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re a restaurant server in Texas or Mississippi, you probably earn $2.13 an hour from your employer. That’s the federal minimum wage for people who earn tips.</span></p><p>But here, servers earn at least $9.32 an hour, and then earn tips on top of that. Washington is one of seven states that require that tipped workers get the same minimum wage as everyone else. But with talk of a $15 an hour minimum wage, restaurant owners are pushing back.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 15825 at http://www.kplu.org Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' http://www.kplu.org/post/san-francisco-officials-living-wage-airport-workers-has-gone-long-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143779002&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since San Francisco set a higher minimum wage for its airport workers back in 2000, the city has seen a positive effect, officials from San Francisco International Airport told Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:27:27 +0000 Ashley Gross 15824 at http://www.kplu.org San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' Parking Lot Workers In SeaTac Say Their Boss Isn't Paying The $15 Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/parking-lot-workers-seatac-say-their-boss-isnt-paying-15-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the beginning of the year, the minimum wage in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> jumped to $15 an hour for workers at large hotels and parking lot companies. But employees at one parking lot business have complained to the city that they still haven’t gotten the raise almost three months later.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:08:04 +0000 Ashley Gross 14781 at http://www.kplu.org Parking Lot Workers In SeaTac Say Their Boss Isn't Paying The $15 Minimum Wage Seattle Port Commission Pushes Back Against Pressure To Adopt SeaTac Living Wage Law http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-port-commission-pushes-back-against-pressure-adopt-seatac-living-wage-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Port of Seattle commissioners are pushing back against pressure from other elected officials to adopt the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">SeaTac</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> living wage ordinance at Sea-Tac Airport.</span></p><p>A total of 57 state lawmakers, King County officials and SeaTac city officials have urged the commission to drop its opposition to the SeaTac minimum wage ordinance.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last November, </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/recount-confirms-seatac-voters-approved-15-minimum-wage" style="line-height: 1.5;">SeaTac voters approved Proposition 1</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to lift wages for some workers in and around the airport to $15 per hour.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:13:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 13541 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Port Commission Pushes Back Against Pressure To Adopt SeaTac Living Wage Law Airport Workers Urge Port Commission To Adopt $15 Min. Wage Passed By Voters http://www.kplu.org/post/airport-workers-urge-port-commission-adopt-15-min-wage-passed-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airport workers are urging Port of Seattle commissioners to adopt the $15 per hour minimum wage that <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/recount-confirms-seatac-voters-approved-15-minimum-wage">voters in the city of </a></span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/recount-confirms-seatac-voters-approved-15-minimum-wage" style="line-height: 1.5;">SeaTac passed</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last November.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Port of Seattle, which oversees the seaport as well as Sea-Tac International Airport, argued in court late last year that it doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the SeaTac minimum wage initiative. King County Judge Andrea Darvas agreed, and as a result, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and other airport workers who had been hoping for a jump in pay at the beginning of this year haven’t gotten one.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:26:55 +0000 Ashley Gross 12365 at http://www.kplu.org Airport Workers Urge Port Commission To Adopt $15 Min. Wage Passed By Voters Murray Issues Executive Order To Move Toward $15 Minimum Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-issues-executive-order-move-toward-15-minimum-wage <p>Seattle Mayor-Elect Ed Murray has issued an executive order to move toward a $15 per hour minimum wage for all city employees.</p><p>Announcing the order at a news conference Friday morning, Murray said he has asked the heads of the city’s departments to develop a comprehensive strategy in the next four months to adopt the higher wage.</p><p>“They will explore potential options surrounding the implementation, including the possible option of making it retroactive to the beginning of 2014,” he said.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:54:01 +0000 Martha Kang 12249 at http://www.kplu.org Murray Issues Executive Order To Move Toward $15 Minimum Wage Not Yet In Office, Sawant Promises $15 Minimum Wage In 2014 http://www.kplu.org/post/not-yet-office-sawant-promises-15-minimum-wage-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist city council member </span>Kshama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sawant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn’t wasting any time. At a news conference Tuesday, </span>Sawant<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;boldly </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">promised&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“2014</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be the year of the $15-an-hour minimum wage.”</span></p><p>Sawant, who won’t be sworn in until January, has already been meeting with council members and labor leaders. But she says she’s also looking for support from ordinary people on the street.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:51:41 +0000 Paula Wissel 11816 at http://www.kplu.org Not Yet In Office, Sawant Promises $15 Minimum Wage In 2014 Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-march-seatac-seattle-push-15-min-wage <p>Dozens of fast-food workers and activists took to the streets Thursday for a day-long march in support of $15 minimum wage.</p><p>The march began in SeaTac, where <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seatac-voters-ok-15-minimum-wage-opponents-request-recount">voters approved a $15 minimum wage</a> this year, and headed for Seattle City Hall as a symbolic push for Seattle to follow SeaTac’s suit and adopt the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:44:38 +0000 Ashley Gross 11436 at http://www.kplu.org Workers March from SeaTac to Seattle to Push for $15 Min. Wage SeaTac's $15 Wage Initiative Poised for Victory http://www.kplu.org/post/seatacs-15-wage-initiative-poised-victory <p>A campaign to set a $15 minimum wage in the city of SeaTac is poised for victory.</p><p>King County officials are expected to certify the election Tuesday after counting some straggling votes that likely won't change the outcome. The measure involving workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has steadily expanded its lead in recent days and held a 77-vote advantage on Monday afternoon.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:12:35 +0000 Mike Baker 11278 at http://www.kplu.org SeaTac's $15 Wage Initiative Poised for Victory Federal Judge Sends SeaTac Min. Wage Case Back to State Court http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-judge-sends-seatac-min-wage-case-back-state-court <p>A federal judge has <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kplu/files/201311/Order_Granting_Motion_to_Remand.pdf?__utma=39075193.1753640340.1383868769.1385016028.1385054276.76&amp;__utmb=39075193.24.6.1385054331868&amp;__utmc=39075193&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=39075193.1383933717.5.2.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=123421385">granted the request from Alaska Airlines</a>, the Washington Restaurant Association and a small business owner at Sea-Tac International Airport to send their case back to a Washington state court. The businesses want SeaTac's Proposition 1, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for some workers, to be ruled illegal.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:20:54 +0000 Ashley Gross 11192 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Judge Sends SeaTac Min. Wage Case Back to State Court Legal Challenge Could Stymie SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike http://www.kplu.org/post/legal-challenge-could-stymie-seatac-minimum-wage-hike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport are still not sure whether they’ll get a wage bump to $15 per hour come January. With </span>SeaTac’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Proposition 1 still <a href="https://electionsdata.kingcounty.gov/election-results-nov/three/City%2C%20L-Z/SeaTac/City%20of%20SeaTac%20Proposition%20No.%201" target="_blank">passing by a narrow margin</a>, Alaska Airlines and other business interests are challenging the measure in court.</span></p><p>Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and a small business owner at the airport have been trying since July to block the minimum wage initiative in court. They’ve tried to keep the measure off the ballot and failed.</p><p>Now the issue is which court should hear the case. The business interests would like a King County judge to rule the initiative unconstitutional. But sponsors of the initiative, who are backed by unions like the Service Employees International Union, said the case should be heard in federal court.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:29:50 +0000 Ashley Gross 11189 at http://www.kplu.org Legal Challenge Could Stymie SeaTac Minimum Wage Hike Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results http://www.kplu.org/post/why-were-seeing-such-wild-swings-election-results <p>Several races have swung wildly since the first vote count on Election Day, and it may be because campaigns are getting the hang of Washington’s all-mail elections.</p><p>University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto said it’s not uncommon for races to swing a percentage point or two in the days after election night, but not much more than that.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:28:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11047 at http://www.kplu.org Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead http://www.kplu.org/post/seatacs-15-minimum-wage-initiative-maintains-lead <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many </span>SeaTac<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> workers is maintaining a narrow lead.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Updated vote totals released Wednesday showed the measure passing with 53 percent of the vote. Because of the city's small size, the gap is only a matter of a couple hundred votes. Since ballots only needed to be postmarked by Tuesday, more votes will be counted in the coming days.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:33:44 +0000 The Associated Press 10889 at http://www.kplu.org SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Passing So Far http://www.kplu.org/post/seatacs-15-minimum-wage-initiative-passing-so-far <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many workers in </span>SeaTac<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> is winning.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>An early vote count Tuesday showed the measure carrying 54 percent of the vote. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, more ballots are left to count.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 04:50:24 +0000 Mike Baker & Ashley Gross 10855 at http://www.kplu.org SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Passing So Far Why Sea-Tac Airport Workers Can't Join a Union for Better Pay http://www.kplu.org/post/why-sea-tac-airport-workers-cant-join-union-better-pay <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Socrates Bravo often works 15-hour days, and he&#39;d like a raise.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But as a baggage handler at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport, he doesn&rsquo;t have many options. Traditionally, when workers want better wages, they join a union. So why don&rsquo;t airport workers like Bravo just do that?</span></p><p>The reason: They&rsquo;re stuck in a legal limbo under federal labor law.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that&rsquo;s why they&rsquo;ve turned to the ballot box instead.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 10291 at http://www.kplu.org Why Sea-Tac Airport Workers Can't Join a Union for Better Pay