SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead

Nov 6, 2013

An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many SeaTac workers is maintaining a narrow lead.

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.

The campaign in SeaTac drew national attention from both labor unions and business groups.

The proposal requires a $15 minimum wage for many workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Proponents say the plan will support the local economy while opponents express concern about the impacts on businesses.