FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 19, 2013
Contact: Jeff Reading, Office of the Mayor-elect
(206) 684-3952, Jeff.Reading@Seattle.gov
SEATTLE – Calling it a “disparity strikes at the very core of who we are as a democratic society,” Mayor-elect Ed Murray today committed to addressing Seattle’s growing income divide, and – in a first step toward that commitment – announced his plans to raise Seattle’s minimum wage.
“Our city is becoming an unaffordable city for too many middle-class families, artists, students, young people, service-industry workers, immigrants new to the country,” said Murray, who personally endorsed the goal of a fifteen-dollar-per-hour minimum wage during the mayoral campaign. “Seattle really is on the cusp of falling beyond the financial reach of too many of those who give our city its diverse character – of the very people who make this city run.”
Murray stood at a press conference with leaders in business, labor, members of the City Council and other community stakeholders who have agreed to serve on his ‘Income Inequality Advisory Committee,’ a workgroup charged with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within Seattle. The Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by David Rolf, President of SEIU 775NW, and H.S. Wright III, founder and CEO of the Seattle Hospitality Group.
“These individuals are not here as the latest installment of the Seattle process,” said Murray. “They are here to participate in a structured effort, within a defined timeframe, with clear goals and clear deadlines, while driving toward a clear end-product – which is a proposal I can submit to City Council this summer.”
The Advisory Committee will submit its recommendations by May 2014 to Murray, who will then transmit a formal proposal for City Council review and action by the end of July.
“We can boost the earnings of low-wage workers in a meaningful way and increase the economic activity of the region that comes with greater spending power – and we can do it without harming our employers or losing jobs,” said Murray.
Here is Mayor-Elect Murray’s Statement of Purpose.
The Advisory Committee roster can be found below.
Roster, Mayor-elect Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee
|David Rolf||President||SEIU 775NW|
|David Freiboth||Executive Secretary||MLK Labor Council|
|Sarah Cherin||Dir. Gov. Relations||UFCW 21|
|Diane Sosne||President||SEIU 1199NW|
|Nick Hanauer||Partner||Second Ave Partners|
|Pramila Jayapal||Co-Chair||We Belong Together|
|Eric Liu||Founder||Citizen University|
|Bob Donegan||President/CEO||Ivar’s Restaurant|
|Joe Fugere||Owner||Tutta Bella|
|Dave Meinert||Owner||Onto Entertainment|
|Craig Dawson||President||Retail Lockbox|
|Craig Shafer||Owner||Hotel Andra|
|H.S. Wright III||Founder and CEO||Seattle Hospitality Group|
|Janet Ali||Human Resources Supervisor||Nucor Steel|
|Ronald Wilkowski||Executive||Financial Services|
|Genevieve Aguilar||Port Campaigns Director||Puget Sound Sage|
|Maud Daudon||President/CEO||Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce|
|Michael Wells||Executive Director||Cap Hill Chamber of Commerce|
|Pamela Banks||President/CEO||Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle|
|David Watkins||President||Seattle Hotel Association|