This morning the Seattle City Council’s Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality approved an ordinance that would increase Seattle’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars.
The ordinance will go before the full council next week.
The committee declined to speed up the slow phase-in of the ordinance, which gives most businesses three or more years to raise their wages.
The ordinance includes a number of contentious amendments, including a sub-minimum wage for teenagers and health-care credits for businesses that provide insurance. 5:47 minutes (5.29 MB)
Monday is Memorial Day, the holiday celebrating U.S. Army veterans who died while serving their country’s wars. And today Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office violated a law protecting preference for veterans in its hiring process. The law, enacted in 2007, applies to all governmental bodies in Oregon. It states that all veterans who meet the minimum qualifications must be given special considerations for civil service positions. Sergeant Rod Edwards unsuccessfully applied for a promotion, and filed a complaint with the bureau as a result. 4:29 minutes (4.1 MB)
Around a hundred workers and supporters gathered outside Portland’s City Hall at noon today to call for an increase in the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. One of the speakers at the rally was Nicholas Caleb, who got eighteen percent of the vote in his run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman in yesterday’s election. Caleb ran on the platform of increasing the minimum wage in Oregon to fifteen dollars an hour, what he and other supporters of the measure call a ‘living wage’.
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