Tukwila voters to make decision on proposed $3 minimum wage hike

If approved, the initiative would equate Tukwila’s minimum wage with that in neighboring cities like Seattle and Seatac.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Tukwila voters will vote on a measure in November that would raise the city’s minimum wage to more than $17 an hour, in line with those set for neighboring cities of Seattle and Seatac.

Currently, the national minimum wage is $14.49/hour, while the Seattle minimum wage is $17.27/hour and Seatac’s wage for hospitality and transportation workers is $17.54.

“People are really struggling here right now, so we thought it made sense to raise the minimum wage to bring it in line with neighboring cities,” said Katie Wilson, coordinator of the Raise the Wage Tukwila campaign and general secretary of the Transit Riders Union.

Raise the Wage Tukwila activists collected enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. If approved, the requirement would come into effect from July 2023 for companies with 500 or more employers. Medium-sized companies would have to ramp up gradually over three years, while small employers with 15 employees or fewer would be exempt.

“The state minimum wage isn’t high enough, Seattle and Seatac are a little more in line with the cost of living in this area of ​​King County,” Wilson said. “Also, we’re seeing a situation where rents are going up astronomically, and that’s not always measured in that inflation number.”

Advertisers knocked on the door on Saturday to support the measure. Among them was Allen Thompson, who said he moved to Tukwila eight years ago and was evicted from his Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle. He said he was concerned for his neighbors in Tukwila, who now work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

“You lose diversity, you make life harder for people who have to commute long distances to work,” Thompson said. “Everyone should earn enough to survive, afford food and shelter and that will make a tangible difference for a large number of people living in Tukwila.”

The election will take place on November 8th and ballot papers will be sent out at the end of October.

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