Kshama Sawant http://www.kplu.org en Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152684374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.</p><p>Starting on April 1, 2015, the clock will begin ticking for Seattle-based employers to boost their minimum wage workforce up to $15 per hour. Raises will be phased in over the next three to seven years, depending on how large the business is and what other benefits it offers.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:39:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 16902 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation Seattle Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Plan Reveals An Interesting Divide On The Left http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-murrays-minimum-wage-plan-reveals-interesting-divide-left <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147456531&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's incremental approach to raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour has revealed an interesting divide among left-wing groups and worker interests.</p><p>In one corner is David Rolf, a national leader in the Service Employees International Union and president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW. He's come out strongly in favor of Murray's plan, under which workers at businesses with more than 500 employees would first start earning $15 an hour in 2017 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:54:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 16357 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Plan Reveals An Interesting Divide On The Left Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal http://www.kplu.org/post/murray-no-committee-consensus-yet-seattles-15-minimum-wage-proposal <p>The committee exploring the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 has not reached a consensus, Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday.</p><p>Murray, who had called a news conference to unveil a plan for raising the minimum wage, said the Income Inequality Advisory Committee had not yet reached a firm agreement. He added the negotiations are ongoing.</p><p>“I’d rather get it late and get it right than rush it and get it wrong,” he said.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:52:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 16264 at http://www.kplu.org Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-group-files-15-minimum-wage-initiative <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">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.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The group, 15 Now, will have to collect more than 30,000 signatures to make the November city ballot, a number seemingly within their reach following election wins last year by candidates who supported a wage hike, including Kshama Sawant, a socialist who clinched a city council seat. Sawant is also a leader in 15 Now.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Manuel Valdes 16009 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative 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'? Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language http://www.kplu.org/post/group-pushing-15hour-minimum-wage-seattle-plans-file-ballot-initiative-language <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141940464&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;">Ever since Seattle Mayor Ed&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray set up a committee to study how to hike Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, there’s been the faint sound of a clock ticking. Now that clock is getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:18:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 15435 at http://www.kplu.org Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member Sworn Into Office http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-new-gay-mayor-socialist-council-member-sworn-office <p></p><p>Seattle’s new Mayor Ed Murray and city council member Kshama Sawant promised to work to improve the city as they took their oaths of office on Monday.</p><p>Hundreds gathered to watch the city’s first gay mayor and first modern-day Socialist council member, who were among several city leaders sworn into office during a public ceremony.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:33:22 +0000 Martha Kang & Paula Wissel 12322 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member Sworn Into Office Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member To Be Sworn In http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-new-gay-mayor-socialist-council-member-be-sworn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As many as 2,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration of the city's first gay mayor and its first modern-day socialist council member at City Hall today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Both candidates were officially sworn in during a private ceremony on Jan. 1. Today's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ceremonial event&nbsp;is open to the public, and takes place in the City Hall lobby at 3:30 p.m.</span></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 12231 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member To Be Sworn In Seattle Mayor-Elect Murray Pulls Sawant Into His Minimum Wage Task Force http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-elect-murray-pulls-sawant-his-minimum-wage-task-force <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s incoming mayor has convened a task force to study boosting the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and he has asked incoming socialist city council member Kshama Sawant to join. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor-Elect Ed Murray said he believes it is a necessary step toward tackling economic inequality, but he also insists he is not prejudicing the outcome of the committee.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In addition to </span>Sawant<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, his 23-member task force includes business interests, organized labor and community groups.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:29:33 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11902 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor-Elect Murray Pulls Sawant Into His Minimum Wage Task Force 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 Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race http://www.kplu.org/post/conlin-concedes-socialist-sawant-seattle-council-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conlin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has conceded to Socialist challenger </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kshama</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sawant</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” </span>Conlin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Martha Kang & Florangela Davila & Manuel Valdes 11107 at http://www.kplu.org Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race 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