$15-an-hour minimum wage proposition slated to pass

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SEATAC — A measure that would raise the minimum wage to $15-an-hour in SeaTac will most likely pass.

seatac workerProposition 1 would raise the minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers.  t also requires employers to provide paid sick leave and offer more hours to part time workers before hiring additional part timers.

Washington state already boasts one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $9.32-an-hour.

The Seattle Times is reporting that as of Friday, 76 votes separate the “Yes” and “No” campaigns. The measure might be challenged and a recount is a very real possibility.

Opponents of the measure includes many small business owners who are worried the wage increase would dig into profits and force cutbacks.

The final numbers of the vote will be announced at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Supporters of the measure will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m at the SeaTac arrival hall to perhaps announce a victory.



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  • RonZaffino

    Regarding minimum wage in SeaTac, you've not reported the most important part of the affect on retailers: retailers will have to raise prices so high that their sales will decline dramatically. You report that profits will be affected and, of course, that would be true if retailers have any profits left after the public decides to shop elsewhere while retailers lay off their employees just prior to closing their doors. Therefore, any employees left will be making $15/hour while the majority of employees working in retail at SeaTac will soon be referred to as "former employees."

  • Ted Ted

    Well,…I see the fear mongering has begun. I say we give this a chance. All of America is watching to see if this works at this level. And if so, (after tweeking), maybe something like this will work at an even larger scale. This is NOT Pandora, if it doesn’t work, there IS a way to repeal it. Good luck, Sea Tac…!!!