Seattle workers to speak out for higher pay & a stronger economy at public hearing on $15 minimum wage

Federal data shows dramatic 55% boost to restaurant spending & similar increases in other categories as income rises from $9.32/hour to $15/hour

Healthcare workers, retail workers, fast food workers, childcare providers, and other supporters of $15 for Seattle will speak out about how a $15 minimum wage will change their lives at Wednesday’s public hearing on the minimum wage, hosted jointly by the City Council and the mayor’s income inequality advisory committee at Town Hall Seattle.

Beginning at 4:30 pm, workers and other supporters of $15 for Seattle will be outside the event preparing to give testimony about what low-wage workers will do with a $15 wage. See our fact sheet for more information on how higher wages boost spending at bookstores, restaurants, and other businesses.

Who: Poverty-wage workers and $15 for Seattle supporters

What: Speak out at the first — and maybe only — public hearing on the $15 minimum wage

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Workers and supporters will be outside the event beginning at 4:30 pm. Media availability earlier in the day may be arranged: contact Sage Wilson, Working Washington,

Where: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle, WA 98101. (Even though this is an official hearing it is at Town Hall, not at City Hall.

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Despite the same old sky-is-falling stories that we’ve heard in debates over paid sick, wage theft, and even the plastic bag ban, real-world studies consistently show that higher wages are good for the economy. After all, more people with more money means more customers for every business out there.


Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington,