Seattle Mayor Announces $15 Wage Plan Ramp Up

Businesses will have at least three years to phase in the increase

Minimum Wage

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is proposing a phase-in of an increase in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years. Businesses with greater than 500 employees nationally will have at least three years to phase in the increase.

Smaller organizations will have seven years, with the new wage including a consideration for tips and health care costs over the first five 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.

Once the $15 wage is reached, future increases will be tied to the consumer price index. The plan now goes to the City Council for discussion.

Washington state already has the nation's highest minimum wage at $9.32 an hour. Murray made raising the minimum wage a campaign promise last year.

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

This news comes one day after senate Republicans blocked a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, with the bill failing by a 54-42 test vote.

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So, $31,200 as a "starting" min. wage. Just about what a teacher, with a degree is paid for their first year. OR a police officer (in some states), an L.P.N., and other jobs that require education or specialized training. Seems a little weird to me!

May 27 2014 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This mayor has already failed the test to lead. He isn't even a good follower. He is like ebvery other politician, promisses a solution and the backs out when time is up and he must produce. I really have lost confidence in the legal proccess. It is broken and the next step in total anarchy. It is terrible that so few control the many with fear and threats. We have those that say pack a gun, that is plain ignorance. Take their gun away and they are just another bunch of cowards. This country can only be great again when the human spirit gets back to God who gave them life in the first place. When a backbone is restablished is when Good people say enough is enough and tack our country back in the court room of heaven. Where we once again allow God to be our advocate.

May 15 2014 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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