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The SeaTac/Seattle Minimum Wage Project: Campaigns

Seattle: $15 Now

Seattle Campaign

The passage of Proposition 1 in SeaTac in late 2013 proved to be a catalyst of enormous dimensions. Just six months later, in early June, 2014, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage policy recommended by Mayor Ed Murray’s appointed Income Inequality Advisory Committee; the 61% minimum wage increase was scheduled to be phased in over seven years. Despite demands from “15 Now” activists and socialist city council member ally Kshama Sawant for faster phase-ins as well as hostile lawsuits immediately filed by business groups, the new law expanded the fifteen dollar an hour standard to nearly 20,000 workers in Seattle. Seattle was the first major city in the nation to mandate a $15 minimum wage.

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