Target: Seattle, Washington Mayor Ed Murray
Goal: Increase the Seattle minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour
Wage inequality has recently been a hot topic in the United States. Raising the federal minimum wage is a daunting task and may seem like too large of a hurdle for many. In lieu of this, citizens and local governments are taking wage increases into their own hands. Washington’s minimum wage is already the highest in the country; Seattle citizens are advocating for a record-breaking minimum wage increase yet again, and the increase should be granted. Stand behind Seattle citizens and advocate this increase.
The current federal minimum wage, for employees that are not contracted to provide services for the government, is $7.25 an hour. Contracted government workers, as of recently, are allotted a minimum of $10.10 an hour. Washington State’s minimum wage is currently $9.32 an hour; as is the case with wage differences between federal and state, the higher of the two takes precedence. Seattle citizens have been rallying for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. This wage jump raises concerns and hope for employers and employees of Seattle.
Many argue that small-time employers will have a hard time paying their employees $15 an hour. Some, such as a local burger-stand owner’s family member, worry that if this wage increase passes employee benefits will have to be cut, such as employer paid health insurance, and prices will have to rise. Others note that a wage increase will only help the local economy because people will be more inclined to filter money back into the city by buying more items. A wage increase will also increase morale, help curb turnover rates for businesses, and help lift many out of poverty.
The majority of Seattle voters favor the minimum wage increase. As a man at a recent city meeting for wage increase states, “Passing the $15 minimum wage in Seattle would be a huge step forward and a fantastic example for the rest of the country to follow.” Sign this petition to show your support for Seattle’s increased minimum wage, and to inspire the rest of the country to follow suit.
Dear Mayor Ed Murray,
The citizens of Seattle have spoken. The majority of citizens want a minimum wage increase, and humbly believe that this increase will be greatly beneficial for the local economy. The minimum wage increase has been a hot topic for Seattle, and is in the final weeks of debate before its coming final proposal.
The minimum wage issue has made the front page of the Seattle Times more than once, with many statements for and against the increase. While many arguments against come from honest business owners who are worried about being able to pay employees a higher wage, many others believe that the increase will only help the local economy because citizens will have more spending power. This spending power will have a positive impact on commerce in Seattle.
Mayor Ed Murray, I am in favor of the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour. I urge you to continue to be a force for economic change in Seattle. I understand that you implemented the last wage increase, and for that I commend you. Even with a push-back from many city employers, please continue on to advocate for a minimum wage increase.
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