Now it's really getting serious: The fight for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle could be headed to the ballot box this year, instead of just churning through city hall.
For the last few months, the idea has been floated repeatedly by 15 Now, the organization backing a raise to $15 with a quick timeline and few loopholes. On April 14, at a city hall press conference, they announced real plans to take the fight straight to voters if politicians, scrambling to find a compromise between labor and business interests, produce a watered-down version of the wage hike. The threat to the mayor and city council is plain: Come up with a proposal that 15 Now's activists can support, or you'll face a ballot measure and a strenuous campaign to pass it this November.
And at their press conference, wage-hike activists started to make good on that threat.