Low-wage workers and their supporters will surround City Hall in Seattle today to demand that the City Council take action to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. A higher minimum wage in the City of Seattle will lift the floor for thousands of workers and make it easier for unions to negotiate contracts with higher wages for their members.
This week the Mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee faces its deadline for presenting its recommendations to the Council. If the committee cannot reach agreement, Mayor Murray has said that he will offer his own proposal.
Today's event will get underway at 4 P.M. If you would like to join the rally, you can RSVP for the event here. Your Union's Secretary-Treasurer Tracey Thompson will be MCing the event.
Many Local 117 members who work in the parking and steel industries in particular would directly benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.
"If you get a good job with a livable wage, you can go to school, you can support your family, you can pay your bills, and you can take your kids to the doctor. This will change the entire community,” said Abdirahman Abdullahi, a Local 117 member at Hertz.