Tukwila minimum wage initiative qualifies for November ballot

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An initiative sponsored by Raise the Wage Tukwila, received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The initiative will now be considered by the Tukwila City Council meeting on July 11 where the council can adopt the initiative as written or place it on the November ballot. Final action will take place at the July 18 council meeting.

* UPDATE* —  The Tukwila City Council voted to send the proposed minimum wage initiative to the November, 2022 ballot.

The initiative seeks to raise the minimum wage in Tukwila to the “SeaTac level” (currently $17.54 per hour). Employers with 500 or more employees worldwide would match the SeaTac wage on July 1, 2023 and adjust annually every January 1 thereafter.

Employers with fewer than 500 employees would phase in over 3 years to match the larger employer level. They would pay $2 per hour less the first year, a $1 per hour less the second year and match on the third year.
Employers with 15 employees and less than $2 million in annual gross revenue are excluded.

The initiative also includes an “access to hours” component where employers must offer additional hours to qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees.

You can read the full initiative here and this writeup from the Seattle Times here.

Please reach out to John Lane if you have questions.

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