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By Don C Brunell
Association of Washington Business President 

Precedent could be set for $15/hour minimum wage

Guest Commentary


The SeaTac minimum wage initiative has been in and out of limbo.

The central element of Proposition 1, also called the Good Jobs Initiative, is a $15 per hour minimum wage for workers at SeaTac Airport and area hotels, restaurants, and car rental agencies. But, it also includes a complex web of employee work rules enforced by the City of SeaTac.

On Aug. 26, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that Prop 1 did not have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. But on Sept. 6, another judge ordered it back on.

Regardless of what happens in SeaTac, the issue of a higher minimum wage will come before voters. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is organizing pr...

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