Seattle City Council

Labor
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

Supporters of Mayor Murray's proposed $15 minimum wage packed a committee as council members discuss amendments to the plan. In the end, the committee unanimously passed the proposal.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.

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Gender Wage Gap
2:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Seattle Women Earn Less Than Men. The City Wants To Change That

Seattle Councilwoman Jean Godden said she was shocked to learn that the city does not provide its employees with paid time off to care for a new child.
Credit Jean Godden's Facebook page

City of Seattle employees who are women earn on average 9.5 percent less than men.

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Week In Review
12:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

America's Fastest Growing Big City, Seattle's New Police Chief And Macklemore's Disguise

Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for the next Seattle Police chief.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle is America's fastest growing city over the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Former Boston police chief Kathleen O'Toole is Mayor Ed Murray's pick for Seattle's top cop. There's another plan to pay for bus service in Seattle, this one from City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant. And Macklemore apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.

Steve Scher talks over these stories and more of the week's news with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Jon Talton of the Seattle Times.

$15 An Hour?
9:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

City Council Questions Mayor's Minimum Wage Plan

Matthew Hollek owns a Subway sandwich shop in Ballard. He said he functions like a small business and shouldn't have to pay higher wages than his competitors nearby.
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council took up Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage proposal Thursday. Labor leaders said they weren’t thrilled about the council's opening questions.

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Wage Debate
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle City Council Considers Changes To Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal

Official photo of the current Seattle City Council.

Ross Reynolds talks to PubliCola reporter Erica C. Barnett about the Seattle City Council's review of Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal. The original plan was a hard-fought compromise between business and labor representatives.

Stalled Investment
10:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night

Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo.

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Public Transportation
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

New Plan To Save Transit In Seattle Would Tax Employers And Parking

Flickr Photo/James Callan

Steve Scher talks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his proposal to preserve bus service in Seattle.

Early Childhood Education
3:06 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Preschool For All, A Sliding Scale For Most: The Plan For Pre-K In Seattle

A member of a Seattle delegation, King County Executive Dow Constanine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray visited Boston and New Jersey this year to learn about their universal preschool models.
Flickr Photo/Dow Constantine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess about the recently unveiled proposal to fund universal pre-K in Seattle. The proposal was announced today by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Burgess, and Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda. If approved by the City Council, the proposal will be forwarded to the November ballot.

Debate Over Mayor's Proposal
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle City Council's Public Hearing On Minimum Wage Stirs Emotions

Supporters of the group 15 Now attend a Seattle City Council public meeting to discuss minimum wage on May 13.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, who attended Seattle City Council's public hearing on the minimum wage Tuesday night.

Wage Increase
3:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Seattle Mayor's Minimum Wage Proposal On Its Way To The City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sally Clark

David Hyde talks to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about what happens next with the minimum wage proposal released by Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee Thursday.

Off To The City Council
2:54 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What's Next For Mayor Murray's Minimum Wage Proposal?

Mayor Ed Murray with members of the Seattle City Council shortly after last fall's election.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at PubliCola, about what must happen next for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal to pass the City Council.

Transportation
9:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Referendum Puts Seattle Rideshare Rules On Hold

Dara Jenkins, a driver for the ridesharing service Lyft, adjusts the furry mustache drivers display on their cars when they are working, as she starts a shift in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle’s new regulations on rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber were supposed to take effect this week, but now they’re on hold. That’s because a group, backed by rideshare businesses, has filed signatures for a ballot referendum to bring the rideshare rules to a public vote.

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Road Caps
2:44 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle Passes Limits To Ridesharing, Uber Not Pleased

Uber has been fighting against caps on their cars by the Seattle City Council, a measure that was unanimously voted through on Monday.
From Uber's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager for Seattle Uber, about the new limits to ridesharing Seattle's City Council passed Monday.

$15 An Hour
2:42 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Latest On The Minimum Wage Debate

Dominic Holden, associate editor at The Stranger.
From Dominic Holden's Twitter account.

Marcie Sillman talks with Dominic Holden, associate editor at The Stranger about the very latest on the minimum wage debate in Seattle.

Rideshare Services
9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars

Drivers and supporters of app-based rideshare service UberX pack Seattle City Council chambers.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.

Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate.

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