Olympia needs a raise, secure scheduling, and paid sick & safe leave.
Workers in Olympia are pushing for a higher minimum wage because too many of us still can’t afford the basics, contribute to the economy, or even think about planning for a future.
With higher wages and other workplace protections we will be able to support local business, pay our bills, and feel like a part of this community.
Join us and let’s make this happen.
We are going door to door to gin up support of: raising the statewide minimum wage, making sure workers have secure scheduling, and ensuring the entire state gets paid sick leave. And when we say door to door we mean our elected officials’ offices and chambers.
Workers in Olympia made a giant 15 out of 16,906 pennies in front of Olympia City Hall to represent the number of workers in Olympia who are paid less than $15/hour.
Jae Townsend works at Jimmy John's in Olympia. She is taking action for $15 in Olympia because she wants to be shop and support local businesses instead of the big corporate chains. She can’t do that right now on the low wages she is paid.
Liam Anderson works at Eddie Bauer in Olympia. He is looking for a second job because the wages are so low. The problem is everyone else is looking too.
Holly West works at Capital Mall and has been pushing for a $15 minimum wage in Olympia. She’s testified in front of city council, brought more workers into the movement, and even led a people’s mic inside the annual Thurston County Chamber of Commerce dinner - right in the middle of their new CEO’s speech.
Chris talks about why it is important for people to have a living wage. In Olympia, that's a $15 minimum wage.
Juliet works in transitional housing in Olympia. She sees what happens to people who don't make a living wage - and she doesn't make $15 either.
Danny talks about winning $15 for Olympia would let people get their own place instead of surfing from couch to couch.
Jade talks about how a $15 minimum wage for Olympia would free her from the constant struggle she has in paying her bills.
The City of Olympia could become the next jurisdiction to raise wages and strengthen the local economy, now that Councilmember Jim Cooper has introduced new legislation which would phase in a $15 wage, and establish minimum standards for paid sick days and access to hours.
This coming Tuesday, October 27, Olympia City Council will meet to discuss raising Olympia's minimum wage. Workers in Olympia have been coming together and raising their voices over the past year to demand a $15 minimum wage and workers' rights. They've gone on strike, marched in the streets, met with politicians. And city council is listening.
Add your name and show your support for $15 for Olympia.
Holly spoke to the Olympia City Council about the need for a $15 minimum wage.
Nicola works in Olympia and testified in front of the Olympia City Council on the need for $15.
On September 26th at Heritage Park in Olympia, join us as workers and community members have a community day in support of $15 for Olympia. Food, live music, art projects, guest speakers, and more are all happening.
NIchole works at McDonald's in Olympia. She testified to the Olympia City Council about the need for the city to get a $15 minimum wage.
The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Washington Restaurant Association to oppose the $15 minimum wage in Olympia — and then they invited Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden to be their keynote speaker. So Olympia workers showed up and made sure their voices were heard too.
Raising wages in Olympia is good for workers, good for our community, and good for the whole economy.
- 17.4% of Olympia residents required support from food stamps (SNAP) in the past 12 months
- 30.1% of students in the Olympia School District receive free or reduced-price lunches, and 472 students are currently homeless.
- 9.8% of employed people in Olympia have incomes below the poverty level, which is just $15,930 for a household of two.
We're already making news
"About 69 percent of Olympia voters support the establishment of a $15 minimum wage in the city, with the same number saying they would likely vote yes on such an initiative."
"The current minimum wages fall short of what Olympia considers a living wage for single adults, which is $13.64 an hour, according to the city's comprehensive plan."
"Roughly 40 enthusiastic protestors at Olympia's City Hall are saying the state's minimum wage of $9.47 an hour isn't enough to live on. They say $15 an hour is what it takes to rent an apartment in Olympia and meet basic needs."