Minimum wage

living wage initiative
4:44 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative to Appear on November Ballot

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

After a legal tug-of-war, supporters of a $15 per hour minimum wage for some workers in SeaTac have gotten their initiative on the November ballot.

Alaska Airlines, the Washington Restaurant Association and an airport restaurant owner had challenged the validity of some of the petition signatures, but a panel of appeals judges ruled that those signatures should be counted and the measure will head to the voters.

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minimum wage protest
12:21 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Fast Food Workers Protest for Higher Minimum Wage

Cristina Rodriguez works at a Subway locationl in downtown Seattle. She skipped work to participate in the protest, even though she says her boss threatened to fire her if she skipped work.
Ashley Gross

Fast food workers in Seattle and Tacoma demanding higher pay walked off the job Thursday as part of a nationwide strike. Experts say it’s a rare show of labor strength at a time when unions have lost influence.

Workers and community supporters stood outside a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in downtown Seattle, chanting, “Get up! Strike!” One Metro bus driver raised his fist to show his support as he drove by.

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minimum wage
10:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Judge Nixes Signatures from SeaTac Living Wage Measure

Supporters of the living wage initiative use signs to get their message across to the SeaTac City Council.
Ashley Gross KPLU

A King County Superior judge has thrown out a few dozen signatures for an initiative that would bring up the minimum wage in SeaTac, Wash., to $15 an hour.

But the group behind the initiative has submitted another 250 signatures to replace the ones thrown out.

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5:19 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Fast-food workers walk out during job, demand better pay

Workers and their supporters rally for better pay and the right to organize,outside Qdoba on Broadway in Seattle.
Bellamy Pailthorp Photos KPLU News

Workers at fast-food restaurants all over Seattle walked off the job Thursday and rallied outside, taking part in a national movement calling for better wages and the right to organize.

The workers walked out of Taco Bell in Ballard, Burger King in Lake City, Taco Del Mar in the U-District, and Arby’s in Georgetown. During the lunch hour on Broadway, dozens of workers and their supporters waved signs outside an empty Qdoba franchise, demanding a living wage of $15 per hour. 

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minimum wage gap
10:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Why won't this McDonald's move 20 feet into lower-wage Idaho?

Tim Skubitz, in white, at his McDonalds in Newport, Wash., looks across the highway into Oldtown, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

The border between the states of Washington and Idaho is like a Petri dish for what the minimum wage does to the economy. That’s where two extremes meet.

Idaho has the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. While Washington’s is nearly $2 more, the highest in the nation. You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.

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Your Money
2:37 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Raising minimum wage: A help or harm?

Wendy Brown of Schenectady, N.Y., holds a sign before an Occupy Albany rally pushing for a raise in New York's minimum wage on May 29, 2012.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:55 pm

Back in 1912, Massachusetts became the first place in America to introduce a minimum wage, but it would take another quarter century before a national minimum wage was set.

President Franklin Roosevelt made it law in 1938, that any hourly worker had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. It was revolutionary, and very few countries had anything like it.

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8:11 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

Minimum wage in Washington will rise to $9.04 in January

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Despite a slow economic recovery, inflation is up. That means Washington’s minimum wage will increase to more than $9 an hour starting in January.

That was the announcement Friday from the state. The wage hike is based on a voter approved initiative that links the minimum wage to inflation.

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