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What's up with the Minimum Wage Increase? Know Your Rights!

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Sawant and labor is launching an independent outreach to educate workers on the new wage law

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

WHAT: Press conference unveiling new bus ad announcing minimum wage increase, with action at low wage workplaces immediately following

WHERE: Westlake Park, 4th and Pine

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 11:15am

WHY: A coalition including Councilmember Sawant, 15 Now, Teamsters 117, Unite HERE Local 8, IBEW 46, and Casa Latina is launching a bus ad campaign to educate workers about the minimum wage increase that features a wage theft hotline.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant is concerned that there is not enough information for workers regarding their the new wage increase and how to deal with employers. In a statement, she said:

“On Saturday I talked to low wage workers at fast food chains and some of them were unaware that the minimum wage was going up and what they should be earning starting April 1. The city has not done enough to educate workers about their rights under this law, so I have contributed $10,000 from my solidarity fund to help fund a bus ad campaign along with labor unions and grassroots organizations that fought for $15.”

Jess Spear of 15 Now is worried that “the city’s outreach has been insufficient.  We have to learn from the failures of the paid sick leave enforcement, which focused on educating employers and did not aggressively enforce the law.  The city’s outreach on the new wage law appears to be focused on educating employers, not workers.”

Immediately following the press conference Councilmember Sawant and other coalition members will be going to low-wage workplaces in downtown Seattle including McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Target to talk directly to workers about the new wage law.