Minimum Wage

In 1998, EOI worked with allies to pass Initiative 688. The Paycheck Protection Act passed in every county in the state, making Washington the first state to index minimum wage to inflation. For many years, Washington’s minimum wage was best-in-the-nation, but it remains far from a living wage, and now several states and cities have leap-frogged Washington. With income inequality undermining our whole economy, it’s time to give our state’s lowest wage workers a raise.

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Research and Publications

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Testimony by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage)

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Testimony of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner before the Washington State House Commerce & Labo

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins on HB 1356 (paid sick/safe leave), HB 1355 ($12/hr minimum wage), HB 1354 (employee anti-retaliation)

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins before the Washington State House Commerce & Labor Commit

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Minimum wage, paid sick days bills pass Washington State House!

Economic Opportunity Institute | March 3, 2015

Two key measures to boost Washington’s economy and protect the economic security of millio

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Minimum wage legislative update: February 25, 2015

Marilyn Watkins | February 25, 2015

Washington was the first state to institute annual cost of living adjustments to its minim

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