minimum wage

There’s a surprise newcomer to the campaign for a higher minimum wage in Washington. It’s the state’s restaurant association.

Tacoma Voters Favor $12 Minimum Wage

Nov 4, 2015
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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune reporter Kate Martin about election results in Tacoma, including an increase to the minimum wage and a measure to give the mayor more executive power. 

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Chef Renee Erickson says she was trying to close pay gaps among her employees when she eliminated tipping at her Seattle restaurants.

But she told KUOW’s David Hyde that the change also might help battle another problem in restaurants: sexism.

Ross Reynolds talks with University of California Berkeley economics professor Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs,” about how the Seattle area can avoid the growing pains of a booming economy like unaffordable housing and traffic gridlock.

Moretti says improved mass transit it a key because it helps low income people get to jobs. Moretti also says Seattle’s $15 minimum wage will help mitigate the higher prices that come with growth, but he’s confident that growth will eventually lead to higher wages for everyone too.


David Hyde spoke with News Tribune reporter Kathleen Cooper about two proposals to hike the minimum wage in Tacoma that are on the November ballot.  

Oregon voters could see competing minimum-wage initiatives on their 2016 ballot. A group that favors a hike to $13.50 per hour kicked off their signature gathering campaign Monday.

A wave of wage increases in cities across the country, as well as at several major businesses, continued on Wednesday.

Seattle's Minimum Wage Law Gets New Steward

Jun 22, 2015

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Dylan Orr, the new director of Seattle's Office of Labor Standards, about his experience working for the U.S. Department of Labor and how he'll bring what he learned back to his hometown.

Alberta Eyes $15 Minimum Wage

Jun 8, 2015

Marcie Sillman speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about a movement to raise the minimum wage in the province of Alberta to $15 an hour.

The Solar Pioneer protest barge in Elliot Bay with the Shell oil drilling rig in the background.
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Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans, Seattle’s waterfront tunnel, the $15 minimum wage movement – are they all unstoppable? And if Washington state’s drought is unstoppableon the east side of the mountains and we have plenty of water on the west side, should you take as long a shower as you want?

Bill Radke debates the week’s news with LiveWire’s Luke Burbank, Republican Chris Vance and political blogger Erica C. Barnett.

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Marcie Sillman talks with David Rolf of Service Employee's International Union 775 about Los Angeles' move to become the latest and largest American city to bump its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to raise the hourly minimum wage in the second-largest U.S. city from $9 to $15 by 2020 — a move that would cover as many as 800,000 people.

The Los Angeles Times has more on the vote:

As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.

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So here’s a math problem for you. What do you do if you run a low-margin, labor-intensive business and your labor costs are about to go up 60 percent?

Cary Chin works at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees this week that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Dan Price, founder and CEO of Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments. He recently raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year for all employees.