minimum wage

Democrats in the Washington state House have passed a $12 per hour minimum wage measure. The increase would phase-in over four years.

The Washington House is expected to vote this week on a $12 per hour minimum wage.

A panel in the Idaho Senate introduced a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour -- a $2 per hour increase -- by next year. 

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Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with Luke Burbank, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

Note to our podcasters: The team also discussed the possible resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. He formally announced his resignation after the show aired. 

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about the potential impact of the $15 minimum wage on Seattle's manufacturing sector.

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, about his proposal to offer the federal minimum wage as opposed to the higher state minimum wage for newly employed teens working in the summer months.

The Los Angeles City Council is currently considering whether to raise the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour by 2019. It would follow Seattle and San Francisco, two cities that approved $15 minimum wages in the past year.

If you're a Northwest camper, chances are some of your gear, like your camp stove or sleeping pad, was manufactured in Seattle by Cascade Designs.
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Marcie Sillman talks with David Burroughs, vice chairman of Cascade Designs, about how Seattle's rising minimum wage is affecting his business.

Oregon lawmakers are set to consider a measure that would raise the wage to $15 per hour.

Paid sick leave and a boost in the minimum wage are among the top priorities of organized labor in Washington state this year.

Labor activists from the group Working Washington surround eight protesters who have linked arms in a busy Bellevue intersection Sept. 9, 2014. They were protesting for a raise in the minimum wage.
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Ross Reynolds talks with the president of Washington State Labor Council, Jeff Johnson, about his legislative priorities. We also hear from KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about how proposals like mandatory paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage might fare in Olympia. 

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
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Seattle starts phasing in a higher minimum wage on April 1 this year. The key term here is "phasing in." Everyone receiving the minimum wage won’t immediately get $15 an hour.

KUOW’s Deborah Wang sat down with Ross Reynolds to explain.

Twenty states are raising their minimum wages today.

Employees who work for tips are often paid a much lower, tipped minimum wage. The federal government requires that this lower wage plus the tips received equal at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

But some states require employers to pay their tipped workers the full state minimum wage or a wage above the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13.

The minimum wage went up in 20 states Thursday, a day after the state of New York boosted its minimum, which means a majority of states now have a minimum wage higher than the federal government's, which is set at $7.25. The state with the highest minimum wage is now Washington state, at $9.47 an hour.

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