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$15 wage law begins in Seattle with resistance from UW, Metro

By Kailyn Nicholson

40,000 Seattle workers got a raise on April 1 (from $9.47/hr to $11/hr, $10/hr for employees at small businesses who receive tips and/or health benefits), but the University of Washington administration is claiming exemption from the city’s new minimum wage.
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Photo by Elliot Stoller

“Hip hip hooray! Seattle’s getting a raise!”

Bringing the good news – and the party – to workers

by Patrick Ayers

“Congratulations to you all and to us all on this phenomenal historic victory… Let’s make sure that all workers know they are getting their rightful legal wage and they know we are on their side and we have their backs if they challenge their bosses against wage theft. Let’s make sure that we will fight for them if they are intimidated, threatened, harassed, or fired for asking for their rights.” – Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

15 now, in coalition with unions and supporters, brought the good news to low-wage workers on Saturday, March 28: Seattle’s getting a raise!
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Seattle – King County Metro’s April Fool’s Joke?

Bus ad rejected by King County Metro
Bus ad rejected by King County Metro

For Immediate Release

Jess Spear, 15 Now Seattle Organizing Director
Email: Jess.Spear@15Now.org

WHAT: Press conference unveiling the bus ad rejected by King County Metro, with action at low wage workplaces immediately following

WHERE: Westlake Park, 4th and Pine

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 11:15am

WHY: A bus ad to educate workers about the minimum wage increase sponsored by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Teamsters 117, Unite Here Local 8, IBEW 46, Casa Latina, and 15 Now has been rejected by King County Metro on the basis that it promotes Councilmember Sawant as a candidate for office.
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We Won! Steps to $15 begin today in Seattle

Seattle’s Getting a Raise!

Last year Seattle made history by becoming the first major city to pass a $15 minimum wage for all workers, raising the wages for 100,000 workers. This historic victory kicked open the door for other major cities like San Francisco to follow, with communities rising up and demanding a $15 minimum wage in cities near and far from Portland to Minneapolis.
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Seattle’s Steps to $15 Start April 1

Don’t be fooled, know your rights under the new wage law. En español aquí.

april wages

The wage is phased in over a 3-7 year period depending on the number of workers employed at the company or chain, and whether the employer offers healthcare benefits and/or tips.  See the chart below for the full wage schedule.  Click the image to enlarge.

Seattle wage law schedule

If you have questions or concerns, please call the Working Washington Hotline: 866-385-9509



Court rejects McDonald’s claim that they’re a small business

Join 15 Now, labor unions, and Councilmember Sawant on March 28 to let workers know they are getting a raise!

“The $15/hour minimum wage movement delivered a resounding one-two punch against right-wing opponents of 15,” began a triumphant Facebook post by Socialist Seattle City Coucilmember Kshama Sawant on Wednesday, March 18.

Sawant and 15 Now played an instrumental role in helping pass the historic minimum wage law in Seattle that goes into effect on April 1, giving a pay raise to more than 100,000 workers in the city, and eventually raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. With just a few weeks until the law goes into effect, big business is still resisting.

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