Students at UW Tacoma not sure about $15 wage

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — After students the University of Washington in Seattle advocated for and won a path toward a $15 minimum wage, students at the University of Washington in Tacoma aren’t sure if they will take the same approach.

The News Tribune reports a committee of seven UW Tacoma students expressed concerns earlier this year about raising the minimum wage on campus. They are worried a $15 wage could reduce the number of student jobs or cause students’ hours to be cut.

Student leaders at the Tacoma campus are using surveys and town halls to gauge how other students feel about increasing hourly wages on campus.

The student body has yet to take a position on either of the proposed minimum wage increases on the November ballot in Tacoma.

One of the measures would raise the minimum wage in Tacoma to $15 an hour starting in early December while the other would increase the citywide minimum wage to $12 by 2018.

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