Mayor Murray and members of his Income Inequality Advisory Committee representing both business and labor issued the following statements about their collaborative effort to raise Seattle’s minimum wage:
“Our broad stakeholder process is on track and making good progress. There was always the potential for individuals to chart their own course as is their right, but I remain committed to a solution that is inclusive, thoughtful, lasting, and that minimizes unintended consequences to the greatest degree possible. I believe we are on target to deliver a proposal that raises the minimum wage while accomplishing these objectives.” – Mayor Murray
“Our focus remains on reaching a solid minimum wage policy recommendation through the Mayor’s Advisory Committee and passing it through City Council by the end of June. This Committee is the only place where business, labor, non-profit leaders and worker advocates are all at the table. Seattle is leading the nation on this issue. We have a tremendous opportunity to help workers without harming businesses and serve as a model for the rest of the nation.” – David Rolf, President of SEIU 775NW and Howard Wright, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, co-chairs of the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee
“Mayor Murray has made his vision clear — raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The Labor Council is committed to achieving that vision through the Mayor’s Advisory Committee process.” – Dave Freiboth, Executive Secretary of Dr. Martin Luther King County Labor Council
“The Mayor’s process was designed to craft the best minimum wage policy solution for Seattle that maintains our city’s global competitiveness. The Chamber is one of many business voices who continue to be committed to working with the Mayor to ensure a balanced and thoughtful approach to our region’s opportunity gap.” – Maud Daudon, President and CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Over the several next weeks, the Mayor will be meeting with the Advisory Committee and reviewing a number of policy options. This important work will pave the way for his Advisory Committee to both firm up areas of alignment and establish a foundation for continued deliberations towards a final consensus proposal.