Kshama Sawant

Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation

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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.

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. 

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Minimum Wage
2:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Plan Reveals An Interesting Divide On The Left

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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.

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. 

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Minimum Wage
3:52 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal

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The committee exploring the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 has not reached a consensus, Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday.

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.

“I’d rather get it late and get it right than rush it and get it wrong,” he said.

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Minimum Wage
1:19 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Seattle Group Files $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

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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.

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.

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Minimum Wage
10:39 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'?

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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.

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.

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Minimum Wage
4:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Group Pushing A $15/Hour Minimum Wage In Seattle Plans To File Ballot Initiative Language

A $15/hour minimum wage has been Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant's signature issue
Shannon Kringen

Ever since Seattle Mayor Ed 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. 

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Inauguration Day
4:33 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member Sworn Into Office

New Seattle Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, left, holds up a clenched fist as she stands with Nicole Grant, who assisted in a ceremonial swearing-in, at an inaugural event Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Seattle’s new Mayor Ed Murray and city council member Kshama Sawant promised to work to improve the city as they took their oaths of office on Monday.

Hundreds gathered to watch the city’s first gay mayor and first modern-day Socialist council member, who were among several city leaders sworn into office during a public ceremony.

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Inauguration Day
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Seattle's New Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member To Be Sworn In

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As many as 2,000 people are expected to attend the inauguration of the city's first gay mayor and its first modern-day socialist council member at City Hall today.

Both candidates were officially sworn in during a private ceremony on Jan. 1. Today's ceremonial event is open to the public, and takes place in the City Hall lobby at 3:30 p.m.

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Minimum Wage
1:29 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Seattle Mayor-Elect Murray Pulls Sawant Into His Minimum Wage Task Force

FILE - Mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray smiles during a news conference Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Seattle’s incoming mayor has convened a task force to study boosting the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and he has asked incoming socialist city council member Kshama Sawant to join.

Mayor-Elect Ed Murray said he believes it is a necessary step toward tackling economic inequality, but he also insists he is not prejudicing the outcome of the committee. In addition to Sawant, his 23-member task force includes business interests, organized labor and community groups.

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Minimum Wage
3:51 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Not Yet In Office, Sawant Promises $15 Minimum Wage In 2014

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle’s newly-elected Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant isn’t wasting any time. At a news conference Tuesday, Sawant boldly promised “2014 will be the year of the $15-an-hour minimum wage.”

Sawant, who won’t be sworn in until January, has already been meeting with council members and labor leaders. But she says she’s also looking for support from ordinary people on the street.

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Election 2013
5:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

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Election 2013
3:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2013, Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council Kshama Sawant, right, speaks outside City Council chambers in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Several races have swung wildly since the first vote count on Election Day, and it may be because campaigns are getting the hang of Washington’s all-mail elections.

University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto said it’s not uncommon for races to swing a percentage point or two in the days after election night, but not much more than that.

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