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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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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“Proven standards…to protect public health, family economic security, and business prosperity” [VIDEO]

Testimony | February 19, 2015

Marilyn Watkins, EOI’s Policy Director, testifies before the Washington State House Commer

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Latest Blog Posts

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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

John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
What if we set a maximum wage for CEOs?

Economic Opportunity Institute | June 4, 2015

It’s an ode to cognitive dissonance when pundits come out swinging (rhetorically) against

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