Will Seattle’s $15 minimum wage spread across the state?
Organizers are looking at cities like Bellevue and Spokane, the Seattle Times reported. Supporters of the $15 minimum wage want to raise the state minimum wage above the current $9.32 an hour.
“I think other cities are going to have to start looking at it,” David Rolf, president of SEIU Healthcare 775 told the Times. Rolf thinks that it makes sense to boost the state’s minimum wage to cities like Bellevue, Olympia, Bellingham and Spokane, but maybe not as high as $15 an hour.
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said that she’s already heard from people in Tacoma and Bellevue, and other cities, that are interested in similar proposals, the Times reported.
The debate over raising the minimum wage is also being discussed in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles, the paper reported.
In San Francisco the minimum wage is $10.74 an hour. In Chicago, it’s $8.25 an hour.