Seattle News and Events | Council Casts 9-0 Vote to Give City Workers

“In passing a $4 billion budget for Seattle today by a 9-0 vote, the Council’s Budget Committee also unanimously approved an amendment by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, co-sponsored by Councilmember Mike O’Brien, to set aside $1.6 million over the next two years to ensure that all city workers receive a minimum of $15 per hour beginning April 1, 2015.

The Sawant amendment made good on a promise made in January by newly elected Mayor Ed Murray to bring all city workers to $15 per hour by executive order. City unions and others, including Sawant, had been urging the city in recent months to follow through on that promise. The Mayor’s proposed 2015 budget had not included funding to raise the wages of the city’s lowest paid employees to $15 per hour.”

via Seattle News and Events | Council Casts 9-0 Vote to Give City Workers.

Stand up for: $15 and Full Time At Walmart! Sign the Petition!

“We work hard for low pay. Most of us never get enough hours. Yet Walmart is making $16 billion in profits a year.

Walmart can afford to pay us more, but instead, they manipulate our schedules and hours and pay most of us less than $25,000 a year. That’s not enough for us to pay our bills

We are calling on Walmart to publicly commit to pay a minimum of $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time hours.

Fair pay and more hours would let us pay our bills, support our families and have enough associates in the store to take care of customers.

That’s good for Walmart and good for Walmart associates.”

Click on the link below to sign the petition

via Stand up for: $15 & Full Time At Walmart! | At Walmart.

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978 – World Socialist Web Site

“The share of US working-age adults who are in the labor force fell to the lowest level in 36 years, according to the monthly jobs report published Friday by the Labor Department.

While the economy added an estimated 248,000 jobs and the official unemployment rate fell from 6.1 to 5.9 percent, these headline figures hide a more fundamental reality. Six years after the financial collapse of 2008, the labor market remains stagnant and an increasing portion of the population has simply given up hope of ever finding work.

The jobs report revealed that nearly 100,000 people dropped out of the labor force last month, while wages continued to decline. The total number of working-age people who are not in the labor force hit a new record: 92.5 million, up by more than two million since September of 2013.”

via US labor force participation rate hits lowest level since 1978 – World Socialist Web Site.

CouncilMember Sawant » Blog Archive » Social Justice Victories in Business as Usual Budget

“On November 14th, the City Council Budget Committee discussed and voted on a series of amendments to the Mayor’s proposed 2015-2016 budget. Alongside organizing around the need for a fundamentally different approach to the City budget, I introduced amendments to specifically address income inequality and the needs of the most marginalized and oppressed communities in Seattle.

My amendments included allocating funds to raise 1,500 City workers to $15/hr, sustain a year-round women’s homeless shelter and expand services available at homeless encampments. In addition, I also introduced three “Statements of Legislative Intent” to explore the possibility of implementing a Millionaires Tax, prepare legislation for strengthening enforcement of Seattle’s labor laws like paid sick/safe leave and $15/hr, and to look into a $1 billion bond sale to build affordable housing in Seattle.”

via CouncilMember Sawant » Blog Archive » Social Justice Victories in Business as Usual Budget.

Addicting Info – Does Increasing The Minimum Wage Increase Unemployment? 60 Years Of Data Says ‘No’

“What REALLY happens to the national unemployment rate when we raise the minimum wage?

Sixty five years of data reveals that claims made about the effect of increasing the minimum wage on unemployment have no basis in fact. The best possible argument that opponents of the minimum wage can make is that it has no effect one way or another on unemployment. However, the historical data suggests that increases in the minimum wage may have a positive effect on unemployment, as low wage workers find themselves with more disposable income following a minimum wage hike — money which is largely put right back into the economy.”

via Addicting Info – Does Increasing The Minimum Wage Increase Unemployment? 60 Years Of Data Says ‘No’.

$15 Per Hour Is Not An Accident | PopularResistance.Org

“With a steady drumbeat of victories for $15 per hour now unfolding across the country – just two years after fast-food workers first went on strike in New York City in November 2012 – it’s clear that the movement for a living wage will only continue to grow. As Anne Marie Cunningham, a resident of an senior affordable housing center and ally of home care workers fighting for a living wage wrote in a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times this week, ‘Some lawmakers may think ‘throwing a bone’ to low-wage workers will suffice, but the fight for $15 isn’t going away any time soon.'”

via $15 Per Hour Is Not An Accident | PopularResistance.Org.