Seattle mayor Ed Murray orders a plan to pay all city workers a $15 minimum wage

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Career politician Murray


KIRO: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today issued his first executive order — he wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for city employees. Murray says the higher wage would affect roughly 600 people who work for the city. And it comes as he works to implement a $15 an hour minimum wage for private businesses citywide.
“I believe I need to set an example and the city needs to set an example if we’re asking others to make some adjustment,” Murray said at his first news conference after taking office on New Year’s Day.
Even a small raise sounds good to Tyler Pendleton, who earns $14.20 an hour working at the Seattle Center, “Just extra gas money to see my parents, help out the family a bit. It’d be nice.”
A $15 an hour minimum wage equals a salary of $31,200 a year. The mayor’s order would cover 600-700 city employees who don’t already make $15 or more. The preliminary cost estimate is $700,000. Mayor Murray believes the city can absorb the cost without raising taxes or fees.
Mayor Murray’s Plan has implications beyond just city employees, because he’s pushing to raise the minimum wage for everyone city wide.
Newly elected Socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant supports the mayor’s initiative, but sees it as just the beginning of the effort to establish a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage for everyone in the city. “The fact that the mayor has announced this effort for $15 an hour for city employees is a definite step forward,” said Sawant after rehearsing for Monday’s inauguration ceremony. “It really bolsters everybody’s confidence in saying that while the city employees are being talked about, let’s talk about the contract workers the city hires, let’s talk about fast food workers, child care workers. Why stop with one small group of people?” she said.

Murray his directed his staff to talk the city’s labor unions, and bring him a plan by spring.
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Ed Murray is a career politician – he’s never once worked in the private sector during his professional career. Washington’s current minimum wage is $9.32/hour. Asking private sector businesses to increase that by $5.68/hour? I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to comply with that “adjustment”. /sarc
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Richard M Nixon (Deceased)
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Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society and commented:
So he is going to reduce city union wages to $15? I don’t think there is a city employee making less than $15 an hour in Seattle, thus this is an empty gesture, all sound and fury with no actual content.

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Great, could he order them to produce $15/hour of value to match that?

Auntie Lulu
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And when everyone gets their $15.00 a hour–how soon until people who can vote with their feet, and start leaving Seattle for someplace where sanity reigns.

horace
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horace

A price increase follows a wage increase like day follows night. (Economics 101)

MomofIV
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MomofIV

Must be nice to get a 50% raise without any skills, credentials, licensing, etc. I don’t think flipping burgers was meant to be a Head Of Household job. If earning minimum wage is unaffordable, maybe getting proper education and training is the key instead of screaming about being underpaid and under-skilled.

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Ed Murray is a career politician – he’s never once worked in the private sector during his professional career. Washington’s current minimum wage is $9.32/hour. Asking private sector businesses to increase that by $5.68/hour? I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to comply with that “adjustment”. /sarc ENOUGH SAID!

CalGirl
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CalGirl

….and one day the King decreed, “Dirt will henceforth be equal to gold in our land.” And so, everyone was paid in dirt, the uneducated and unskilled along with the educated and skilled. There was not a difference between them. And, behold! Upon awakening of a morn, the Earth was filled with holes where diggings were evidenced….and the very foundations of the Earth were dug away, the land collapsing & of no value for supporting life….and the King still dined on opulance while his subjects flailed and sank into the abyss….

japoa
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It must be great to be a spend thrift on another persons dime . Just another pol buying votes from the illiterate crowd . They’ll eat his b.s. up and follow blindly to the voting machine without thinking of the consequences of their actions . And when the price of a Wendy’s single goes to $8.00 , then they’ll get their ” collective ” panties in a wad and wonder why ? DUH!!! When are the good people of Wash. St. going to stand up and vote that idiot Murray out of office . She’s a commie , pure and… Read more »