Minimum wage debate takes center stage tonight

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Courtesy: The Stand

SEATTLE — Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Seattle Town Hall tonight to hold an open forum on the $15 minimum wage movement.

City council members and other city leaders will hear testimony from people who make the minimum wage or a little more.

Organizers expect workers in healthcare, retail, fast food and child care to sound off on the issue.

Tonight’s event is at Seattle Town Hall at 1119 8th ave. from 6-10pm. Doors open at 5pm.

Kshama Sawant spoke at another open forum Tuesday morning on the campus of Seattle Central Community College.

Sawant said,“The workers themselves said I am fed up of living a life of poverty even after so much drudgery. I’ve had it. I’m gonna fight for it. And it’s after thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands demand this and organize themselves into a cohesive movement that we start seeing change.”

Sawant is expected to attend tonight’s meeting.

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7 comments

  • cwl

    You are not worth $15 an hour!!! Losers! Go hug your Mayor and get your free hand out!!! Forcing someone to pay you!!! I'll be laughing at you and your cardboard sign LOSER!!!

  • guest

    I am all for people making a living wage, but earn it. Get educated, work hard or whatever it takes but don't just expect a handout.

  • Daryl

    US SOLDIER’S ARE PAID LESS THEN THAT PER HR. AND ON TOP OF THAT OUR BENEFITS ARE BEING CUT, OUR HOUSING BEING CUT,AND WE’RE STILL PUTTING OURSELF IN HARMS WAY EVERYDAY I THINK 15 DOLLARS AN HR FOR FLIPPING BURGERS IS BULL CRAP….SUPPORT YOUR TROOPS BUT GETTING THEM WHAT THEY DESERVE

  • John Spade

    Unfortunately, greed is woven throughout our economy and is a part of capitalism. It’s human nature. However, as corporations raise prices to increase profits, that filters down to consumers and the cost of living increases accordingly. Minimum wage has never kept pace with inflation, and that is especially so in the greater Seattle area. And as corporate profits increase, so does corporate worth, which drives taxes, all of which comes from the pockets of consumers. Fast-food workers making stale-dated minimum wages are hit especially hard hit. It’s time their standard of living is elevated to where it should be.

  • John

    Minimum wage might work best if it were on a sliding scale reflecting the variations in cost of living, including taxes, from one area to another. Not all communities and counties are created equally, especially when it comes to their economies.

  • mark burns

    if you are a grown man or woman doing a job that was and has always been a job not a career and a job that has always been done by teenagers to make pocket money then you made some bad choices in life.I have made some of my own.Idid a route cleaning job and got a dui.i made enough money to pay the bills and a little spending money but nothing for savings so loss of license I went homeless.but I worked labor ready and found a job in retail.I worked both and lived in a flea bag motel for a year saving money to have first and last and deposit for an apartment,even after that I had to work part time dishwashing on top of nightstocking to make enough to survive,but I worked hard learned what a manager does for this company and after a couple years moved up to a dept. manager.i messed up but put my life back together and didn't ask for a decent life to be handed to me.if you are working at mcdonalds or subway my question is what did u do to put yourself in that position and what are u doing to get yourself out of it.should I or others that have busted their butts to get to a low middle class income pay for your lack of initiative through the mass inflation that would cause?

  • zoom

    Every time the people get fooled into demanding the government do something for them, the people have suffered. Power always takes more than it gives.