At some point over the past several days, 15Now.org cleverly transposed its Twitter avatar to read “15won.” But that subtle declaration of victory hasn’t stopped the organization from pushing council members to make the minimum wage ordinance even better:
— 15 Now (@FifteenNow) June 2, 2014
The best defense is a good offense, and all that. Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and her 15 Now comrades have been roundly criticized by the establishment types for continuing forward with their initiative even as a business/labor compromise inched toward passage. But it’s an “or else” strategy that has been incredibly effective in defending against unacceptable concessions.
The full city council will officially pass the ordinance this afternoon, making Seattle the first city in America to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage. And then the real celebration can begin.