Here’s how the push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle will take shape. Newly elected City Council member Kshama Sawant this week announced the 15now.org site was operational and ready to “ strengthen the grassroots movement for a $15/hour minimum wage” where “people can donate $15/month, add your name to a list of endorsers, and sign up to volunteer” –
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant along with her Socialist Alternative supporters and union allies launched the 15now.org website yesterday to strengthen the grassroots movement for a $15/hour minimum wage.
The movement for $15/hour has been growing in Seattle and nationally, spearheaded by fast food worker strikes, a successful ballot initiative in Seatac, and the Kshama Sawant campaign for city council.
In spite of opposition from big business, Seattle is poised to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour in 2014. Even the new Mayor Ed Murray has declared his support for $15.
A $15 minimum wage in Seattle will set an example that working people and unions across the country would likely be inspired to follow.
In order to counter the resistance from corporate America, 15now.org appeals to people to get involved and join the fight. At 15now.org, people can donate $15/month, add your name to a list of endorsers, and sign up to volunteer.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Murray, newly elected himself, announced his intention to raise the city’s minimum wage and has formed an “Income Inequality” task force to address “Seattle’s growing income divide.”
“Our city is becoming an unaffordable city for too many middle-class families, artists, students, young people, service-industry workers, immigrants new to the country,” Murray said.
The full roster of the task force is below. You’ll recognized Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Michael Wells and Lost Lake owner David Meinert as Hill locals on the roster. CHS reported here on how Meinert and other Hill food and drink business owners would like to see a $15 minimum wage in Seattle implemented.
Sawant made a $15 minimum a focal point of her campaign from its earliest days. Those struggling with soaring rents may hope another Sawant focal point — rent control — also makes it onto the city’s main stage.
Meanwhile, Murray on Friday announced a plan to push the minimum wage for City of Seattle employees to $15/hour. The move will boost the hourly rate for about 600 city employees.
Murray’s “Income Inequality” task force
|David Rolf||President||SEIU 775NW|
|David Freiboth||Executive Secretary||MLK Labor Council|
|Sarah Cherin||Dir. Gov. Relations||UFCW 21|
|Diane Sosne||President||SEIU 1199NW|
|Nick Hanauer||Partner||Second Ave Partners|
|Pramila Jayapal||Co-Chair||We Belong Together|
|Eric Liu||Founder||Citizen University|
|Bob Donegan||President/CEO||Ivar’s Restaurant|
|Joe Fugere||Owner||Tutta Bella|
|Dave Meinert||Owner||Onto Entertainment|
|Craig Dawson||President||Retail Lockbox|
|Craig Shafer||Owner||Hotel Andra|
|H.S. Wright III||Founder and CEO||Seattle Hospitality Group|
|Janet Ali||Human Resources Supervisor||Nucor Steel|
|Ronald Wilkowski||Executive||Financial Services|
|Genevieve Aguilar||Port Campaigns Director||Puget Sound Sage|
|Maud Daudon||President/CEO||Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce|
|Michael Wells||Executive Director||Cap Hill Chamber of Commerce|
|Pamela Banks||President/CEO||Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle|
|David Watkins||President||Seattle Hotel Association|