Target: Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
Goal: Support plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and call for the inclusion of a clause to protect workers from hours reductions
Ed Murray, Seattle’s mayor, has recently unveiled a plan to make Seattle the highest paying city in America. Over the course of three to seven years the proposal would gradually raise minimum wage from $9.32 to $15 per hour with a steady annual raise after the minimum is implemented. The plan is expected to boost the city’s economy and reduce stress on taxpayer-funded aid programs such as low-income housing and food assistance.
If implemented, the increase would take place gradually. Large businesses with over 500 employees would be expected to reach the $15 minimum by 2017, while smaller businesses or businesses that provide tips and benefits will be given more time. After the changes are implemented in all sectors the minimum wage would raise by 2.4% annually to account for inflation. According to Mayor Murray the proposal has received wide support from the city’s business community and lawmakers.
While the law would provide a great boost to Seattle’s economy, it is important to ensure that it is not open to manipulation by employers. Critics say that the bill could result in employees having their hours cut. This could be easily avoided by including a clause disallowing full-time hours to be reduced.
If passed the bill could improve the lives of over 100,000 people and families living under the poverty line. Applaud Mayor Murray’s proposal and urge him to ensure that employees remain protected from any reduction of hours or benefits.
Dear Mayor Ed Murray,
A plan was recently announced to gradually raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the United States. The plan would also implement an annual minimum raise of 2.4% to account for inflation. This could both provide a boost to the city’s economy and reduce growing poverty levels.
Though the bill already sets a precedent for aggressive minimum wage raises across America, it is imperative that employers are discouraged from cutting employee hours to make up for the increase. An added clause prohibiting loss of hours for existing full-time employees would ensure that the raise is not circumvented by a reduction in work hours.
If made into law this plan could pull over 100,000 citizens of Seattle out of poverty, and could alleviate stress on housing and food programs. I applaud your plan, and ask that you ensure that employees receive the maximum intended benefit by disallowing the reduction of hours or benefits for full-time employees.
[Your Name Here]
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