Initiative 1433 & Minimum Wage

Initiative 1433 & Minimum Wage

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On July 6, 2016 signatures were turned in to the Secretary of State’s (SOS) office in support of Initiative 1433 (I-1433) which seeks to increase the state’s minimum wage. An initiative requires at least 246,372 valid signatures of registered state voters to be certified. However, the SOS suggests 325,000 signatures in case some are duplicate or invalid; supporters of I-1433 turned in more than 360,000.

If passed, I-1433 will phase in a minimum wage increase to $13.50 over 4 years and introduces a new statewide paid leave policy. The first jump from the current $9.47 to $11 an hour would go into effect on January 1, 2017, less than two months after the November election. This paid-leave component is the largest mandate out of any state or local municipality that has adopted a leave policy. Additionally, many parts of the paid-leave section are ambiguous and would be left to rulemaking and agency enforcement.

The Washington Restaurant Association and the Washington Lodging Association in a coalition with other state business associations are working to inform members and the public about the initiative and what it will do to businesses. The coalition issued a joint press release on July 6, 2016 regarding the impacts of I-1433. 

These are the key provisions of I-1433 that you need to know right now:
1. Raises the minimum wage to $11/hour in 2017; $11.50/hr in 2018; $12/hour in 2019; and jumps to $13.50 in 2020
a. (Note the two large increases; one in 2017 from $9.47/hour to $11.00 hour and then the $1.50 hike in 2020)
2. Tips will not count towards the minimum wage. Additionally, I-1433 states that service charges will not count towards the minimum wage.
3. Paid Sick Leave
a. Accrues at 1 hour per 40 hours worked
i. Entitled to use paid leave after 90 days of employment
ii. Unused paid leave can be carried over into the following year; except employer is not required to allow a carry-over of more than 40 hours.

Cities and states across the country have taken a much more drastic approach to increasing the minimum wage than is proposed in I-1433, and that is because of the work our government affairs team has done over the past 3 years on behalf of our members.

If I-1433 passes, the WRA and WLA will be your information resource. I-1433 will not be voted on until November. On August 29 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and September 9, 12, 21, 26 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. the WRA and WLA will be holding online webinars about the initiative and minimum wage. Members can participate and ask questions. For more information, contact Stephanie Davenport at or call your associations at 800.255.7166.

The full text of I-1433

(PDF) Initiative Measure No. 1433 filed January 22, 2016
“Jan 22, 2016 – increasing the hourly minimum wage to $11.00(2017), $11.50(2018), …”

News Updates

Initiative To Raise Minimum Wage Gaining Signatures – KPQ › KPQ News
Groups are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to raise Washington State’s minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by the year 2020. I-1433 is

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