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Seattle Raises Minimum To $15 For All City Workers

Seattle mayor Ed Murray revealed his plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15-per-hour.

Via Kings 5 Seattle reports:

The announcement comes the same day an annual May Day protests in downtown Seattle. Organizers say they’re marching for immigrant and worker rights — including the campaign for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Small businesses (under 500 employees) will have seven years to raise their wages to the $15 threshold while large companies, based locally or nationally, have to do it within three years.

“Throughout this process, I’ve had two goals: to get low-wage workers to $15-per-hour while also supporting our employers, and to avoid a costly battle at the ballot box between competing initiatives. We have a deal that I believe accomplishes both goals,” said Murray in a statement.

Murray said the plan has the support of 21 of the 24 members of his Income Advisory Committee. The committee consists of representatives from Seattle businesses, labor and non-profit groups.

Once the $15 level is reached, Murray said future wage increases will be tied to the consumer price index.

“No industry, organization or class of employers is exempted from any provisions of the deal provided under state and federal law,” said Murray.

Washington state already has the nation’s high minimum wage at $9.32 an hour so the minimum wage hike will probably further increase living expenses too. Do you think all states should increase their minimum wage?

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