Minimum Wage

cashierFair pay for hard work is the cornerstone of a strong economy. Washingtonians who work in low-paying jobs should be able to receive a wage that allows them to make ends meet while also having the opportunity to get ahead.

The adoption of a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle in 2013 and 2014 respectively laid the groundwork for statewide efforts to raise the minimum wage. And in 2016, Washington state voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 over a period of four years. This was a big win for all Washingtonians, and in particular for tens of thousands of people of color who disproportionately make lower wages because of historically racist policies. The law went into effect in 2017, and now we must ensure that it is fully implemented and protected in the years to come.



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