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Monday, April 14, 2014

The $15 Minimum Wage Charter Amendment Language

Posted by on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

A PDF of the charter amendment filed this morning regarding a $15 minimum wage is right here, if you'd like to take an early look.

A couple of interesting tidbits...

The intro, called "findings and resolutions," starts out:

It is to the benefit of Seattle, the public welfare, health and safety, and our economy, that we put an end to poverty wages and that working people can live in dignity. Working people and their families should not be forced to rely on charity or taxpayer-funded human services.

And the definition of "wage":

Compensation due to an employee by reason of employment, payable in legal tender of the United States or checks on banks convertible into cash on demand at full face value, subject to such deductions, charges, or allowances as may be permitted by rules of the Washington State Director of Labor and Industries.

It also has a provision "prohibiting misappropriation of service charges or tips."

According to the city clerk's office, the almost 31,000 valid signatures they'll need to get to place a charter amendment on November's ballot should be turned in to the city clerk by mid-May in order to meet an August 5 deadline for the city to submit the finalized ballot measures to King County Elections.


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collectivism_sucks 1
Hold on a second: WHAT?! They need to get it in by mid May for an August deadline? I may disagree with 15Now, but even I think it's crazy to have that big a gap between handing in paper work and getting the okay that something will be on the ballot. So they're suppose to just wait and see if it gets approved, and just spend money on a campaign that may not get the go ahead?
City Clerk needs some Red Bull or something.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on April 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM · Report this
Call me Scott 2
Whoa . . . @1. Good on ya.
Posted by Call me Scott on April 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM · Report this
I imagine they need some time to make sure the signatures are valid. I would assume that they could assume that it would be accepted unless for some reason the signatures aren't valid. Typically about 25% are invalidated. That would take some time.

Posted by ahumanbeing on April 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM · Report this
Well that's dodgy a May deadline for an August deadline for November ballot.

This, Collectivism_sucks, is where your naive political philosophy collapses, reality is much more ridiculous.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on April 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM · Report this
Jerry M. Ander 5
@1 The vast majority of November voters aren't looking for or listening to political messages in May, June & July. The delay between signature submission and verification is no big deal. But the compressed timeline chosen by the proponents raises questions about how well prepared they are to run an effective campaign.
Posted by Jerry M. Ander on April 14, 2014 at 11:29 PM · Report this
As far as tip misappropriation, take that, Meinert.
Posted by sarah70 on April 14, 2014 at 11:57 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 7
In addition to counting signatures, verifying signatures and allowing for recounts and potential challenges to the signatures, you have to include time to draft a ballot title and permit that to be challenged. Then, the City Council has to decide whether it will adopt the measure or adopt a competing measure. In other words, just because you can hire a bunch of paid signature gatherers to turn in a bunch of petitions doesn't mean you automatically get on the ballot, whether you're Tim Eyman or 15 Now.
Posted by kk in seattle on April 15, 2014 at 4:53 AM · Report this
collectivism_sucks 8
Huh? How is saying that it is a bit absurd for the city to need a May Deadline for an August announcement "politically naive"? How is it "naive" to think that one month, and not three, should be good enough to get the work done of ensuring they measure gets on the ballot? And what does this have to do with "my politics"? I may be against 15Now, but I understand and am grateful that we live in a society in which people can vote for who ever or whatever they choose with reason.
Posted by collectivism_sucks on April 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this

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