Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage
5:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:07 pm

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

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Minimum Wage
5:50 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Washington House Passes $12 Minimum Wage

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:20 pm

Democrats in the Washington state House have passed a $12 per hour minimum wage measure. The increase would phase-in over four years.

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Minimum Wage
4:41 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce Minimum Wage Bill, But Indicate It’s Headed Nowhere

A view of the Idaho State Capitol from Downtown Boise
Bev Sykes Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:05 pm

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

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Labor Laws
6:32 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Washington Lawmakers Consider Exempting Amateur Athletes From Labor Laws

File photo of goalie Ty Rimmer of the Tri-City Americans.
Keenen Brown Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 5:06 pm

Washington lawmakers are considering whether to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.

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Minimum Wage
4:16 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Minimum Wage Battle Brewing In Salem

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:11 pm

Oregon lawmakers are set to consider a measure that would raise the wage to $15 per hour.

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Government And Politics
4:02 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Politics Swirl Around Labor-Backed Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Policies

WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 3:32 pm

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

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Minimum Wage
5:28 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages

File photo. Activists rally in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage on the steps of the Washington capitol building in Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:00 pm

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

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Minimum Wage Increases
7:01 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Oregon, Washington Minimum Wage Set For Increase

The minimum wage is going up by 15 cents an hourin both Washington and Oregon to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.
Credit Washington Department of Labor and Industries

The new year will mean higher pay for low-wage workers in Oregon and Washington. The minimum wage in both states is set for an increase.

The minimum wage in both Washington and Oregon is tied to inflation. It's going up by 15 cents an hour in both states: to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.

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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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