In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will become the highest minimum wage in the country. The new plan will be phased in over seven years and would give workers a 61% increase over the current state minimum wage. The wage also will be tied to inflation, and by 2025, the lowest-wage workers in Seattle are projected to see their salaries double.
Workers at large hotels and car services outside the SeaTac International Airport, just south of Seattle, became eligible yesterday for a wage increase to $15 an hour after a groundbreaking ballot initiative to significantly raise the minimum wage passed last November.
As previously reported, SeaTac, a small town outside of Seattle, voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour on Nov. 5. The victory was confirmed Tuesday after a recount and will go into effect after a corporate-backed lawsuit over the wage is resolved. Now working family activists in Washington State are hoping to ride the success of the SeaTac vote to Seattle, and they've found support from the mayor and the majority of City Council members.
Workers at dozens of Seattle fast-food restaurants became the latest to join a series of walkouts designed to rally support for higher wages and the right to collectively bargain. Joining in the walkout were employees of chains, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Arby’s, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Jack in the Box. The Seattle workers were specifically asking for a raise to $15 per hour and the right to organize to form unions without being intimidated by employers.
Of all the reasons a path to citizenship is vital for our nation's 11 million aspiring citizens, one powerful reason stands out: It's the right thing to do. Check out this great new video from Seattle, where DREAMer Elizabeth Lara explains why she's excited to become a citizen. Lara was joined by union members and community leaders who gathered to support comprehensive, commonsense immigration reform this week.
Striking Palermo’s Pizza workers have set off on a Truth Tour to educate the public about their strike and build support for a national boycott of Palermo's products. Palermo's workers have been calling on Costco to stand with them and stop selling Palermo's Pizza products.
Palermo’s Pizza workers have been on strike since June 1, 2012. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is investigating charges that the company illegally fired nearly 90 workers in response to a request for recognition of the Palermo Workers Union.
In West Seattle, workers from the unions of the Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) are in the middle of a major green construction project that will convert an area that sat vacant for more than five years into a nearly 200-unit rental property.
The $48 million Youngstown Flats project, funded by the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust (BIT), will be completed in the spring and is bringing a big boost to the local economy. Last week, BIT officials and local labor leaders took time off to honor the workers at a ceremony and special luncheon on site for “dedicating their time and skills to making this building project a reality.