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To: Seattle City Council
Seattle City Council: Raise the minimum wage to $15 for all
I urge you to support a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers in Seattle. It’s working in SeaTac and can work here. Phase in the increase over a few years if you must, but reject the demands from big business to create new loopholes and exemptions that would still leave many workers in poverty.
Why is this important?
Too many people in Seattle are living in poverty despite holding down a job. Our state’s minimum wage is not enough to afford rent, school, and the other high costs of living in our city.
As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has argued: If the minimum wage of 1968 stayed even with inflation over the last 45 years, it would be about $15 today. The current minimum wage isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. They and their families need a higher minimum.
Nearly 70% of Seattle residents support a $15 minimum wage, according to a January poll -- the same rate that voters in SeaTac adopted last fall. Big business is now mobilizing to stop it. Their plan: to use local small businesses as the public face of a campaign to create new loopholes and exemptions. They want to protect corporate profits and exclude many workers from the $15 minimum wage.
Seattle has an opportunity to lead the nation to a wage that lifts workers out of poverty. Let’s set a bold new standard and raise the wage to $15 in Seattle!