Late Afternoon Fizz: The Minimum Wage and Metro
Extra Fizz: The minimum wage and the Metro vote.
1. If voters fail to adopt Proposition 1, the Downtown Seattle Association demonstrates in its latest video, it's totally not a problem: Like DSA head Kate Joncas, we'll all just get around via head-mounted hovercrafts. (The DSA, for the irony-challenged, has endorsed Prop. 1—as has the C Is for Crank—send in your ballot before April 22!):
2. One of the anti-$15 minimum wage campaigns (Sustainable Wages Seattle, which we wrote about here) has been distributing a leaflet trashing the $15 campaign for its supposed "Six Big Lies," including the claim that big business "is afraid of a $15 minimum wage"; the leaflet claims that big businesses are fine with a $15 minimum but that the increase would hurt "the small, independent businesses" the most.
The leaflet goes on to claim that "most" people working at minimum wage live in "median-income" households (not verifiable); that "many businesses will just close their doors" if the minimum wage goes up (not true); and that the minimum wage now is higher than it's ever been in history, adjusted for inflation (not true).
3. Seattle City Council member Nick Licata spoke outside the downtown McDonald's this afternoon in favor of a new city Office of Labor Standards that would be able to enforce laws against wage theft, for paid sick leave, and other city labor rules.
Licata says SEIU 775 leader David Rolf, who's backing the proposal, has a "particular intention ... to make sure that we have a vibrant relationship with community-based organizations that would do peer-to-peer outreach to employees, particularly with businesses," adding that it probably makes the most sense for that work to be done by a nonprofit.
4. Licata, like his fellow city council member (and fellow member of Mayor Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee) Bruce Harrell, is optimistic that the group will be able to come up with a compromise by Murray's deadline of April 24.
PubliCola hears it's likely that the group will come up with a compromise that includes a "tip credit," but only temporarily, and a phase-in period for small businesses.
Licata says that, based on his experience working with Murray on the IIAC, Murray is "the most engaged mayor that I have ever seen—and he's the fourth one I've worked with," including Paul Schell, Greg Nickels, and Mike McGinn before Murray.