The more you know about who’s spending money to support a candidate, the more you know about what to expect from them. That’s the principle behind a new website from Working Washington — RunForTheMoney.org — which highlights the massive spending by business lobby groups in this year’s City Council primaries.
When zPizza said it was closing up shop in Seattle because of minimum wage, Q13, KUOW, and others suggested it was a sign of things to come. But now a new pizza place is moving into the same location and there’s now a shortage of pizza cooks in Seattle. Think these news outlets will follow up on reality?
There are 59 candidates for 11 positions on Seattle City Council & the Port of Seattle. Only one says he opposes the $15 wage — and his other key issue is colonizing Mars. Big business lost the debate… so now they’re trying to buy an election?
Despite overwhelming public support for higher wages, the Tacoma City Council may very well be on the verge of doing the impossible: proposing a minimum wage increase that nobody can get behind. Working Washington will certainly not be supporting the current proposal for a multi-year plan to raise the wage to $12. It simply takes far too long, and offers workers far too little.
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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.