Yesterday was an historic day for the Seattle City Council where they unanimously approved a raise in the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
This raise now places Seattle at the highest minimum wage of any major city in the country.
The phase in period will begin on April 1, 2015 and will be implemented using the following framework:
- Small businesses (businesses with fewer than 500 employees) will reach a $15 per hour minimum wage in seven years.
- A temporary compensation responsibility of $15 per hour is to be met within the first five years.
- Large businesses (businesses with 500 or more employees, either in Seattle or nationally) will reach $15 per hour in three years.
- The wages of employees who receive health care benefits will reach $15 per hour in four years.
- Trainees will receive a lower wage.
“Today symbolizes a beginning, not an end. It is about promises to keep, not promises kept. Today is not about any single politician or individual or group. It is about the people of Seattle coming together to make a profound difference to the lives of Seattle workers,” says Mayor Ed Murray.
However, all were not happy with the result of the vote. According to KIRO 7, upon hearing the news the International Franchise Association President and CEO reported that a lawsuit would be filed against the “unfair and discriminatory Seattle minimum wage plan.”
Mayor Ed Murray is set to sign the legislation this afternoon in the courtyard outside the Cal Anderson Park shelter house.