15 Now Where?

Now that SeaTac has lead and Seattle followed suit, what’s the next thing to push for a $15 minimum wage? Goldy mentioned a few days ago that a decision hadn’t been made about the Charter Amendment. I wouldn’t presume to tell people who’ve been this successful how to organize, but I’m not sure where energy should be expended next.

Is it pushing the entire county, or state? Are there other Washington cities that are ripe for an initiative or a City Council vote? Is it joining forces with the $10.10 people to raise the minimum wage nationally, even if it isn’t as much as we’d like? Is it making sure Seattle gets the implementation right? Is is making sure not to leave Port Of Seattle jobs behind?

I realize that people can walk and chew gum at the same time, so supporting some of these things doesn’t necessarily preclude doing others. Still, there is only so much time and talent, and I’d like to see it keep going.


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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Seattle is a high income, high cost-of-living, city; so, a minimum wage that’s appropriate here isn’t necessarily essential in all other parts of the state or nation. I think the labor movement’s next priority should be getting the federal minimum from $7.25 to $10.10 or at least $9.00.

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    Sloppy Travis Bickle spews:

    Times’ Jonathan Martin sez you’ve shot your wad at the local level.

    I’d say do a little figuring out how much is too much, step a little back from there, and then go national. Nicely done here but you likely will need a different approach in a bigger pond.