With legislation signed to begin Seattle’s transition to a $15 minimum wage, an advocacy group has targeted area businesses including a handful of Capitol Hill bars and restaurants that have shown support for efforts to roll back the wage plan.
Tuesday, the Working Washington group said it was planning to “reach out to potential customers of businesses driving the misleading effort to repeal Seattle’s minimum wage law with a Consumer Alert.” 15th Ave E’s Liberty Bar was targeted with a noontime appearance by the group. Around noon, a gaggle of green-shirted volunteers and organizers gathered in front of the small bar and coffee shop to hand out flyers, hold a banner and talk with the press.
“He is one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of Forward Seattle,” Working Washington’s Sage Wilson told CHS about the decision to target such a relatively small contributor.
“If all he had ever done is agitate on Twitter, we might not be here,” Wilson said.
In early June, CHS reported on contributions from Liberty owner Andrew Friedman and Poquitos and Von Trapp’s manager Rich Fox to support the Forward Seattle group pushing to overturn the Seattle minimum wage plan.
Friedman and his daughter were on hand Tuesday to watch the Working Washington effort and media parade. The Liberty owner declined to comment on the protest or his decision to give to Forward Seattle — but did have lemonade and ice tea out for the banner holders, leaflet hander-outers, media professionals, and passersby. UPDATE: Friedman did talk to one of the TV reporters on hand, however. “This protest today is to bully small businesses, it is to scare small businesses not to speak out,” Friedman told Q13 Fox.
We reached out to Rich Fox for comment on the protest but have not yet heard back. Poquitos is a CHS advertiser. UPDATE: Fox tells CHS he’ll have more to say on Seattle’s minimum wage soon.
Working Washington also claims signature gatherers working for Forward Seattle are deceiving citizens about the organization’s goals.
Note: We have received numerous reports of corrupt signature gathering and can help arrange interviews with people who have direct experience.
The group says it has asked the county prosecutor to investigate corrupt signature gathering.
Who: Supporters of the $15 minimum wage law passed unanimously by City Council and signed into law by the mayor
What: Reach out to potential customers of businesses driving the misleading effort to repeal Seattle’s minimum wage law with a Consumer Alert, asking them to consider the fact that these businesses are actively supporting a misleading effort to repeal the minimum wage before choosing to spend money there.
When & Where:
TODAY, Tuesday, July 1, 2014
10:45 am in South Lake Union:
Dollar Rent-a-car, 1900 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. The owner of Dollar Rent-a-Car has given thousands to the campaign to repeal the minimum wage. She also has made large contributions to Mitt Romney, John Boehner, the McCalin-Palin ticket, and other extreme conservative causes.
11:00am in Fremont:
Flying Apron Bakery, 3510 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. The owner of Flying Apron is the chair of the campaign to repeal the minimum wage.
12:00 pm in Capitol Hill:
Liberty Bar & Restaurant, 517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. The owner of Liberty was an early contributor to the campaign to repeal the minimum wage, and has been an outspoken opponent of Seattle’s law.