Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Rally
5:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Low Wage Workers Rally In Olympia

Activists rallied in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage on the steps of the Washington capitol building in Olympia on Thursday.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Low wage workers picketed and rallied across the country Thursday in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage.

On the steps of the Washington state capitol, you could see a group of about 50 people. Some of them carried signs saying "Strike poverty." They called for a $15 an hour base wage in Washington state.

Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, a Democrat, indicated he would like to move a minimum wage bill in the upcoming 2015 legislative session. But with Republicans in charge of the Washington Senate, it seems likely that that effort would face roadblocks going forward.

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Minimum Wage
4:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Supreme Court

Prior to a Washington Supreme Court hearing, Sea-Tac Airport workers and others rally at a union-organized event in favor of the city of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

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.

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Minimum Wage
5:41 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

Washington’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage should apply to airport workers.
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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.

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Seattle Minimum Wage
7:16 am
Tue June 3, 2014

After Raucous Session, Seattle City Council Raises Minimum Wage to $15

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.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.

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.

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Seattle Minimum Wage
7:53 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 An Hour Minimum Wage

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.

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Minimum Wage
5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp says the minimum wage hike wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.
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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.

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Minimum Wage
5:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider an executive order to raise the minimum wage.
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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.

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Minimum Wage
7:37 am
Mon February 17, 2014

No Accident Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage

This year, minimum wage measures have been introduced or are in play in some thirty state capitols across the nation.
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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 Tac 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.

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Minimum Wage
4:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage

File photo of the House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
Cacophony

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

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Minimum Wage
6:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Minimum Wage Fight May Heat Up In Olympia

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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.

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