A real living wage is still out of reach for low-paid workers

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

| March 7, 2018 | Redmond Reporter

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

Minimum Wage State of Working Washington

| January 5, 2018

Did you know that 417,000 people in Washington work at or near Washington’s minimum wage (earning less than $12/hour), or that more of Washington’s lowest-wage workers are over age 55 than under age 20? Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016, increased Washington’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hou

Details About Washington’s New Paid Sick Days Law

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage Paid Sick Days

Marilyn Watkins | December 27, 2017

Communities across Washington will get a boost to health and economic well-being in January 2018 when the new paid sick and safe leave law goes into effect. Employees who previously had to go to work with the flu or when a child is sick will be able to take time off to prioritize health and pay their bills in

As Labor Unions Weaken Nationwide, This Controversial Seattle Chapter’s Clout Keeps Swelling

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

| December 20, 2017 | Seattle Magazine

UW minimum wage study: disconcerting, distorted and biased

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

John Burbank | July 10, 2017

This past month, researchers at the Evans School of Public Policy at the University to Washington released a study funded by the Arnold Foundation[1] of the minimum wage increases in the city of Seattle.[2]  They asserted that the minimum wage increases resulted in losses of hourly work and total income for w

The Fight Over The Fight For $15 In Seattle

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

| June 30, 2017 | Huffington Post

A tale of two studies: poor research leads to poor findings on minimum wage

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

Marilyn Watkins | June 26, 2017

Seattle’s economy is booming: construction everywhere, crowded streets and transit, housing costs soaring, bustling neighborhood restaurants, and a 2.6% unemployment rate. Much of this growth is driven by high wage-tech jobs and the spillover effect of all those workers eating out, shopping, and paying premiu

Mounting evidence shows minimum wage increase actually boosts jobs

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

John Burbank | March 22, 2017

Last November voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1433 to increase the minimum wage and establish a statewide standard for paid sick days. Initiative 1433 raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That was an increase of $1.53 from what it was on Dec. 31, 2016. That’s a 16 percent raise. I

Rather than being a job killer, a minimum wage boost increases them

A Fair Deal at Work Column Minimum Wage

| John Burbank | March 22, 2017 | Everett Herald

Reject SB 5541: Equal work deserves equal pay — regardless of gender, race, or age

A Fair Deal at Work Minimum Wage

Marilyn Watkins | February 9, 2017

Legislators should reject Senate Bill 5541, which proposes lowering the minimum wage for teens in Washington state. Teenagers work for all sorts of reasons, including to pay for college, to support themselves, and to support their families. A recent Urban Institute study of youth who left high school and went

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