Local Politics

Seattle council expected to OK $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage -- the highest in the nation.

The ordinance passed a committee last week with a few changes. It would take effect next April and allow a sub-minimum wage for teens.

The ordinance was drafted by an advisory group of labor, business and nonprofit representatives convened by Mayor Ed Murray. It would phase in wage increases over three-to-seven years, depending on the size of the business and employee benefits.

Meanwhile, a group called 15 Now and led by Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawantis collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would create an immediate wage hike for large businesses and a three-year phase-in for small business.