Minimum Wage http://nwpr.org en SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Supreme Court http://nwpr.org/post/seatac-minimum-wage-fight-hands-supreme-court <p>Voters in SeaTac narrowly approved a $15 an hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand. And, if so, whether it should apply to workers at SeaTac Airport. Currently it does not. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that pits a city against a port and workers against businesses.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:33:38 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48140 at http://nwpr.org SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Supreme Court Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight http://nwpr.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hear-seatac-airport-minimum-wage-fight <p>Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage apply to airport workers? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday. The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:41:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 48077 at http://nwpr.org Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight After Raucous Session, Seattle City Council Raises Minimum Wage to $15 http://nwpr.org/post/after-raucous-session-seattle-city-council-raises-minimum-wage-15 <p>Seattle has become the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The City Council voted Monday to enact the new law, which was the result of months of negotiations.</p><p>It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.</p><p>Proponents say it’s a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor. Some businesses say they will go to court to fight it. KUOW’s Deborah Wang reports. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:16:09 +0000 Deborah Wang 46900 at http://nwpr.org Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 An Hour Minimum Wage http://nwpr.org/post/seattle-residents-testify-against-15-hour-minimum-wage <p>Elected officials in Seattle heard an earful Tuesday night about a proposal to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. Dozens of people testified before a Seattle City Council public hearing. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:53:34 +0000 Deborah Wang 45889 at http://nwpr.org Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote http://nwpr.org/post/washington-house-speaker-minimum-wage-hike-wasn-t-ready-vote <p>Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike. But he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year. The Democrat made his comments Friday in a rare meeting with the capitol press corps.</p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:54:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 42163 at http://nwpr.org Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors http://nwpr.org/post/inslee-explores-minimum-wage-hike-state-workers-contractors <p>President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level. The Democrat made his comments Friday after a meeting with the President at the White House where minimum wage was discussed.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:08:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins 41825 at http://nwpr.org Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage http://nwpr.org/post/no-accident-democrats-are-suddenly-talking-about-minimum-wage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage. President Obama talked about it in his State of the Union address last month. Sea&nbsp;</span>Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> voters approved a fifteen-dollar-an-hour base wage last fall. And there’s a push now to adopt the same in Seattle. Even in Idaho, there’s a minimum wage campaign afoot. It turns out this is no accident.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:37:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 41575 at http://nwpr.org No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage http://nwpr.org/post/washington-house-democrats-propose-12-minimum-wage <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/012314AJ_Farrell_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.<p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:49:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40398 at http://nwpr.org Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage Minimum Wage Fight May Heat Up In Olympia http://nwpr.org/post/minimum-wage-fight-may-heat-olympia <p>The battle over Washington’s minimum wage could soon heat up at the Capitol. House Democrats may roll out a proposal as early as this week to increase the state’s base wage. It’s currently the highest in the nation at $9.32 an hour. But our Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins says don’t expect the measure to pass this year.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:53:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40289 at http://nwpr.org Minimum Wage Fight May Heat Up In Olympia Washington Governor Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Teacher COLAs http://nwpr.org/post/washington-governor-calls-higher-minimum-wage-teacher-colas <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011414AJ_StateOfTheState_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee&#160;introduced <span style="line-height: 1.5;">key policy proposals in his State of the State speech Tuesday.&#160;</span><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:33:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 40021 at http://nwpr.org Washington Governor Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Teacher COLAs