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Friday, March 14, 2014

Go to the $15 Minimum Wage Rally Saturday!

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM


Seattle's first big demonstration for a $15 an hour minimum wage is tomorrow, March 15, at 1 p.m. in Judkins Park. You should go.

The mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee is currently hashing out a proposal for raising the minimum wage, and the mayor is expected to hand down that proposal to the city council this spring. The proposal will either be robust (a bill that would guarantee $15 to all workers as soon as possible) or weak (a bill that would that exempt whole classes of workers and contains so many loopholes that it's gutless). Here's a list of the leading exemptions on the table.

Many members of the mayor's committee are business lobbyists who actually funded the mayor's campaign last year. For example, committee member and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Maud Daudon maxed out $700 to Mayor Ed Murray's campaign in 2013, according to reports filed with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. Seattle Hotel Association president David Watkins also maxed out $700 to Murray's campaign and sits on this committee. Committee member and Tutta Bella owner Joe Fugere, too, maxed out $700 to Murray's election campaign and gave another $100 to an independent PAC supporting Murray. Fugere gave another $250 this year to Murray's "office funds," the elections reports show. Meanwhile, committee member and Ivar's CEO Bob Donegan contributed $333 to Murray's election campaign, and committee members Dave Meinert, Craig Dawson, Ronald Wilkowski also gave generously to Murray's campaign.

It's a no-brainer to say that the strongest resistance to raising Seattle's minimum wage are business owners and business associations presidents—who gave money to elect the mayor and now sit on the mayor's panel crafting that very policy on the minimum wage (undoubtedly a policy that favors businesses). To be fair, I trust that many of these business leaders want to give workers a fair shake, and union activists who support the $15 an hour wage sit on the committee, too.

Still, the truth is simple: The mayor's committee doesn't strongly represent workers.

No minimum-wage or low-wage workers serve on the committee at all; their interests are represented by labor advocates and city council member Kshama Sawant.

But this march, being organized by 15Now, does represent workers. This march sends a message to the committee and lawmakers that they need to craft a solid ordinance that that creates a $15-an-hour minimum wage for as many people as possible, as soon as possible. If they don't, if they pass a weak bill, workers and activists will eclipse it on the ballot this November with a robust initiative. It would be a brutal ballot fight that the mayor and council would be wise to avoid. Polling we reported on last month shows a stunning 68 percent of Seattle voters support a $15 wage without exemptions. So let's avoid that ballot fight by going to the march and pressing city hall to pass the strongest, doable wage law possible.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

WHERE: Folks meet in Judkins Park in the Central District at 1 p.m. and head up to Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill. Here's the march route.

WEATHER: It looks like it's gonna be Seattle out there, so wear a coat or a poncho or something.

WUT? There's more info on the march's Facebook page.


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I'd vote myself jelly donuts too if given a ballot. Doesn't mean I earned them.
Posted by A chicken in every pot! on March 14, 2014 at 4:55 PM · Report this
watchout5 2
You don't have to earn money. The wealth holders are the most prime example of that.
Posted by watchout5 on March 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM · Report this
@2 poor fellow. You think you're a special snow flake don't you? Don't want to be judged by your skills and productivity but just because you're special. You're a snowflake.
Posted by Shame there's 7 billion snowflakes like you on March 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Anyone wanna bet the st. Patricks day will draw 10 x as many people?
Posted by That's where the real action will be tomorrow on March 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM · Report this
I thought they already had one on Feb 15?
Posted by Senor Guy on March 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM · Report this
really? the stranger pushed 15now (thanks to goldy) and Sawant (i'm not sure why, since they have almost abandoned her since). then the stranger published articles critical of 15now, they agreed with goldy to let him go, and since his departure they have moved even further in the direction of destroying 15now and sawant (it's baby steps, but it counts.)

so now they want people to rally for a cause they kinda of support sometimes?

the stranger needs to get its shit together.

which side are you on?
Posted by sycon on March 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 7

Nice to see Pravda...ah, I mean, The Stranger is still a part of 15now's propaganda machine.
And spare us, SPARE US the bogus number of "68% of Seattle supports a 15/hour MW." That poll was funded BY THE SAME UNION HELPING 15NOW AND WAS CONDUCTED ENTIRELY IN THE DAY TIME ON A WEEK DAY. If a poll funded by the Cato institute isn't considered non-bias, why the hell should this poll be considered anything but bias?

Posted by collectivism_sucks on March 15, 2014 at 12:46 AM · Report this
It's good to see that right wing trolls shilling for plutocrats have got their panties in a bunch over fair wage.
Posted by anon1256 on March 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM · Report this
From the event Facebook page:
259 going 105maybe 3.8Kinvited

Guess folks have better things to do. Will the Stranger staffers currently making less than $15 be there?
Posted by ISOPOD on March 15, 2014 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Will there be a livestream of this event? We would like to watch this historic action unfold around the world. Links please I don't do facebook.

Thank you for your courage!
Posted by Markerlo on March 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 11

Question no 15/now idiot can answer: If having a low minimum wage means more poverty, then why does Sweden have such low poverty despite not having a government mandated minimum wage?
If you said it's because unions have a bigger presence there, than you're right. So instead of pushing for "15now" why aren't they pushing for "protect all Seattle worker's rights to organize"? I'm sure it's not because that slogan doesn't fit well on a campaign poster...
Posted by collectivism_sucks on March 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
I wouldn't use Sweden as any kind of comparison on what would work in America. Sweden is a small country with a very homogeneous culture. Displays of wealth are actually considered ill-mannered and the children are taught to work for the greater good.

However, even that is changing now as the men are moving south for jobs and starting to marry foreigners in record numbers. The influx of refugees from other countries is changing the once homogeneous nature of their society and creating social tensions.

Nothing is free. In Sweden, you're paying over half of your income to taxes, and then you're nickel and dimed every step of the way. You want to take the bus for the day? That'll be $13 euro please. You need this paper from the government? That'll be 125 euro per document please. The bureaucracy there is incredible.

I'd much take my chances in America than live in Sweden.
Posted by StrangerThingsHaveHappened on March 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Dom - it would be fair if when you write that about those of us who donated to Murray's campaign and support a $15 minimum wage, you mention that, instead of implying we are against it. Also maybe mention that the largest single business donor to Murray's campaign was Nick Hanauer, a huge proponent of a $15 MW, in fact the person who came up with that number. In fact some of the business people involved in the committee supported a $15 minimum wage before Sawant did.

Posted by Meinert on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 14
Dominic is head over heels.

We've all been there. Alternating bouts of infatuation (15Now!) punctuated by moments of dissassociated critical distance ('time to have a "serious" discussion about phasing it in... like adults do').

Ah, love.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on March 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM · Report this

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