On June 2nd Seattle city council members unanimously passed a historic proposal that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years. The plan also mandates that the minimum wage continue to rise according to inflation rates. Congratulations to the council - especially council member Kshama Sawant, whose campaign last fall brought this issue into the spotlight. Unfortunately, there are some flaws in this legislation, including an extended phase in time of up to eleven years for employees of non-profits to receive a minimum wage on par with other sectors, exceptions for tipped professionals, and exceptions for the disabled. Because of these issues, we still support a voter initiative to raise the minimum wage in a quicker timeframe and with fewer exceptions. Nonetheless, this is a major victory for all Seattle workers.
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