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New Study: Who Are Seattle’s Tipped Workers?

Tipped workers generally earn below $15 an hour, including tips. Although there has been much attention paid to a few high-earning, tipped restaurant workers, this group is not representative of the tipped workforce in general.

Tipped workers generally earn below $15 an hour, including tips. Although there has been much attention paid to a few high-earning, tipped restaurant workers, this group is not representative of the tipped workforce in general.

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The $15-an-hour minimum wage in Seattle has been focused on a debate over tipped workers, who according to our analysis, comprise of less than 10% of workers who earn below $15 an hour.

In this policy brief, we shine a spotlight on all tipped workers in Seattle, so that city elected officials can focus on practical solutions for raising the minimum wage, instead of relying on speculation about who tipped workers are and what incomes they earn. To inform our research, we combined an analysis of government data with interviews of workers in various tipped professions. Our analysis demonstrates that the average tipped worker in Seattle is roughly 32 years old, has at least some level of college education, and earns less than $15 an hour – even if you include tips in their hourly earnings.

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Are you a small business owner who stands with workers?

Small businesses in Seatac who have come out supporting Prop. 1 for a $15/hr minimum wage testify that their businesses are booming. This is because workers who now have more money to spend, are spending it at these small business that they know supported them from the beginning.

If you’re a small business owner who stands for fair wages by supporting $15/hr in Seattle, show your support by displaying one of our eye-capturing signs below at your storefront window. Email info@15now.org and we will personally deliver it to your location!

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Panel 6:30 TONIGHT on $15 minimum wage charter amendment

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With Seattle charter amendment filed, 15 Now leader at Capitol Hill Community Council minimum wage panel this week

Reposted from Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

Monday morning started with a bang for the movement to push forward an un-mitigated $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle as 15 Now organizers have filed language for a charter amendment with the City Clerk. Meanwhile, 15 Now’s head and others in the maw of the talks surrounding income inequality and raising the minimum wage in Seattle like the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Michael Wells will be at the April meeting of the Capitol Hill Community Council Thursday night for a panel to discuss the issues.
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15 Now Supporters Submit Charter Amendment For $15 Minimum Wage

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SEATTLE – Sarah White, a nurse practitioner and 15 Now activist filed language for a charter amendment with the City Clerk this morning. “Poverty pay is a public health issue and this amendment addresses that squarely. As a nurse, addressing income inequality by increasing the minimum wage is a no brainer for improving the health of our city,” said White.

Jess Spear, Vote 15 campaign manager said, “Over 100,000 workers in Seattle – one quarter of the workers in this city – stand to be lifted out of poverty by the passage of a $15 an hour minimum wage.” Continue reading

Seattle: Ballot initiative media roundup

King County council member Larry Gossett at Monday's filing (Image: 15 Now)

Sarah White, a nurse practitioner and 15Now activist filed a charter amendment yesterday morning to protect the rights of Seattle voters to pass a real $15/hr minimum wage.  If the city council does not pass a strong ordinance that covers all workers without needless delay or loopholes, we can put it to the people of Seattle to vote to end poverty wages. Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour in Seattle would lift 100,000 workers and their families out of poverty.

Seattle joins San Francisco as the second city with a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. We hosted a press conference to announce this historic step in the Fight for 15. Below are some media articles on the filing:

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Seattle: Charter Amendment Filed for $15 minimum wage

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On April 14th Sarah White, a nurse practitioner and 15 Now supporter, filed a charter amendment for Seattle that calls for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, with no tip penalty or total compensation, and with a three-year phase in for small businesses and all nonprofits.  At the press conference were a number of representatives from community organizations (Casa Latina, El Comité, Transit Rider’s Union, Socialist Alternative) and King County Councilmember and longtime civil rights activist Larry Gossett.

The charter amendment provides a safety net for workers to use if the City Council does not pass an ordinance that covers all workers without needless delay or loopholes.

Our next steps will be decided at the First National 15 Now Conference on April 26th.  We will democratically discuss  a strategy to win $15/hour for all Seattle workers, that includes whether to go forward with signature collection for the charter amendment.

If you are interested in getting involved, please register for the April 26th Conference, and get involved with an action group near you!