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.


Research and Publications

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Testimony by Marilyn Watkins opposing SB 6578 and SSB 6087, limiting paid sick days and minimum wage ordinances

Testimony | February 1, 2016

Testimony of Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute, in opposition to SB 6578 and

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The minimum wage and economic insecurity in Tacoma

Fact Sheet | June 30, 2015

Low wages undermining Tacoma’s families, women, people of color 5% of Tacoma families rece

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Latest Blog Posts

Statewide minimum wage/paid sick leave initiative filed

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 11, 2016

Proponents of raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding sick leave for low income an

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After nearly 2 years of waiting, SeaTac Airport workers will finally get their $15 minimum wage

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 21, 2015

Via Puget Sound Sage: Against the full force of big business (Alaska Airlines) and our own

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