Minimum wage http://kplu.org en Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight http://kplu.org/post/washington-supreme-court-hear-sea-tac-airport-minimum-wage-fight <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156141897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 per hour minimum wage apply to workers at&nbsp;Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question today.</p><p>The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:32:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17412 at http://kplu.org Washington Supreme Court To Hear Sea-Tac Airport Minimum Wage Fight Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 http://kplu.org/post/port-seattle-proposes-lifting-airport-workers-minimum-wage-13-2017 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Port of Seattle Commission has introduced a plan to set a higher minimum wage for workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> International Airport. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution would lift the minimum wage to $11.22 per hour this coming January, then increase the wage to $13 by 2017. The port would also require employers to provide paid days off to their workers.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:52:04 +0000 Ashley Gross 17370 at http://kplu.org Port Of Seattle Proposes Lifting Airport Workers’ Minimum Wage To $13 By 2017 Franchise Owners' Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage http://kplu.org/post/franchise-owners-lawsuit-challenges-seattles-15-minimum-wage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153946254&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Franchise owners have followed through on their threat to sue the city of Seattle over the <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation">new $15 minimum wage ordinance</a>. They say they’re small business owners who are being unfairly treated as large corporations under the new law.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:42:47 +0000 Ashley Gross 17086 at http://kplu.org Franchise Owners' Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour http://kplu.org/post/following-seattles-minimum-wage-increase-home-care-workers-push-15-hour <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153780955&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union that represents home care workers across Washington state is calling for a new contract that phases in a $15-an-hour minimum wage. They’re hoping Seattle’s recent vote to gradually hike the wage floor will help bolster their argument.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:47:30 +0000 Ashley Gross 17063 at http://kplu.org Following Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase, Home Care Workers Push For $15 An Hour Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152684374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.</p><p>Starting on April 1, 2015, the clock will begin ticking for Seattle-based employers to boost their minimum wage workforce up to $15 per hour. Raises will be phased in over the next three to seven years, depending on how large the business is and what other benefits it offers.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:39:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 16902 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Plan: Eye-Catching, But Don't Forget Inflation http://kplu.org/post/seattles-15-minimum-wage-plan-eye-catching-dont-forget-inflation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148257702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle City Council members are digging into the details of Mayor Ed Murray’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That’s an eye-catching number that’s garnered national attention, but it's easy to<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;forget the impact of that pesky thing known as inflation.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 16425 at http://kplu.org Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Plan: Eye-Catching, But Don't Forget Inflation Amid Minimum Wage Debate, Alaska Air Gives Contractors A Raise To $12 An Hour http://kplu.org/post/amid-minimum-wage-debate-alaska-air-gives-contractors-raise-12-hour <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147605075&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Against the backdrop of a minimum wage debate occurring both locally and nationally, Alaska Air says it’s boosting the starting pay for workers who handle baggage, clean cabins and refuel airplanes to $12 an hour.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:38:55 +0000 Ashley Gross 16375 at http://kplu.org Amid Minimum Wage Debate, Alaska Air Gives Contractors A Raise To $12 An Hour Seattle Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Plan Reveals An Interesting Divide On The Left http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-murrays-minimum-wage-plan-reveals-interesting-divide-left <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147456531&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's incremental approach to raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour has revealed an interesting divide among left-wing groups and worker interests.</p><p>In one corner is David Rolf, a national leader in the Service Employees International Union and president of SEIU Healthcare 775NW. He's come out strongly in favor of Murray's plan, under which workers at businesses with more than 500 employees would first start earning $15 an hour in 2017 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:54:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 16357 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Plan Reveals An Interesting Divide On The Left Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal http://kplu.org/post/murray-no-committee-consensus-yet-seattles-15-minimum-wage-proposal <p>The committee exploring the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 has not reached a consensus, Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday.</p><p>Murray, who had called a news conference to unveil a plan for raising the minimum wage, said the Income Inequality Advisory Committee had not yet reached a firm agreement. He added the negotiations are ongoing.</p><p>“I’d rather get it late and get it right than rush it and get it wrong,” he said.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:52:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 16264 at http://kplu.org Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-licata-calls-new-department-enforce-labor-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This may be the year that Seattle adopts one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But labor advocates and Seattle City Council member Nick </span>Licata<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say without tough enforcement, a new wage law will be toothless.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 16085 at http://kplu.org Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative http://kplu.org/post/seattle-group-files-15-minimum-wage-initiative <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A Seattle group seeking a $15 an hour minimum wage has filed the paperwork for a city initiative, increasing pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the city council to pass a wage increase without exemptions or delays.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The group, 15 Now, will have to collect more than 30,000 signatures to make the November city ballot, a number seemingly within their reach following election wins last year by candidates who supported a wage hike, including Kshama Sawant, a socialist who clinched a city council seat. Sawant is also a leader in 15 Now.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:19:51 +0000 Manuel Valdes 16009 at http://kplu.org Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? http://kplu.org/post/why-are-seattle-restaurant-owners-pushing-so-called-tip-credit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143898828&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re a restaurant server in Texas or Mississippi, you probably earn $2.13 an hour from your employer. That’s the federal minimum wage for people who earn tips.</span></p><p>But here, servers earn at least $9.32 an hour, and then earn tips on top of that. Washington is one of seven states that require that tipped workers get the same minimum wage as everyone else. But with talk of a $15 an hour minimum wage, restaurant owners are pushing back.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 15825 at http://kplu.org Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' http://kplu.org/post/san-francisco-officials-living-wage-airport-workers-has-gone-long-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143779002&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since San Francisco set a higher minimum wage for its airport workers back in 2000, the city has seen a positive effect, officials from San Francisco International Airport told Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:27:27 +0000 Ashley Gross 15824 at http://kplu.org San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language http://kplu.org/post/group-pushing-15hour-minimum-wage-seattle-plans-file-ballot-initiative-language <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141940464&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ever since Seattle Mayor Ed&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Murray set up a committee to study how to hike Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, there’s been the faint sound of a clock ticking. Now that clock is getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:18:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 15435 at http://kplu.org Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage http://kplu.org/post/symposium-income-inequality-pushing-seattle-toward-15-minimum-wage <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141820902&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle is getting serious about the possibility of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A symposium on income inequality called by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray honed in on the option as a key policy question. &nbsp;</p><p>Several hundred people gathered at Seattle University for Thursday's symposium, which is part of the work of the mayor’s Advisory Committee on Income Inequality.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:39:59 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15408 at http://kplu.org Symposium On Income Inequality Pushing Seattle Toward $15 Minimum Wage