The Seattle workers who won the city's landmark $15 minimum wage law will see their first increases next week, while the movement to raise wages and lift up the economy continues to spread across the state.
And yes, there will still be restaurants.
As working people, we understand that racism is a serious, systemic problem — one that we must work together to address in our communities, our workplaces, and beyond. And we echo the truth of the call that “Black Lives Matter.
The same article being sent around the crazysphere as proof that Seattle restaurants are closing... actually lists 5 openings and at most 4 closings.
Apparently, the legal action to block Seattle's $15 minimum wage from going into full effect is so unpopular and embarrassing that even extreme right-wing group ALEC is now trying to pretend they had nothing to do with it.
Hundreds of fast food workers with Working Washington launched strikelines across Seattle in May 2013, calling for $15 an hour and the right to organize, and sparking a movement to strike poverty by raising wages. Through a year of intensifying of marches, boycotts, strikes, and other mobilizations, worker voices dominated the public debate, making income inequality and the minimum wage into the central public issues of the day.
There are thousands of poverty-wage workers at our first-class airport, including the people who handle bags, clean cabins, provide passenger services, and fuel the planes. These poverty-wage workers at Sea-Tac Airport aren’t employed by the airlines or even the Port of Seattle, which runs the airport. Instead, these jobs have been contracted out to the lowest-bidder, driving down wages and benefits. Now these workers are organizing to make every job at our airport a good job. And they are winning.
We have the power to build a better future. We can create good jobs by investing in our communities. We can stop the cuts to healthcare, education, and other services. And we can make sure the rich pay their fair share so every community can thrive.
But the economy isn’t going to improve if we just wait for the corporations and the politicians to do the right thing. That’s why we’re building a movement to fight for good jobs and a better future for everyone.