Help surround City Hall today at 4 p.m.

SEATTLE — The fight to achieve a $15 minimum wage in Seattle reaches a critical juncture this week. Either the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee (IIAC) will deliver an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage or Mayor Ed Murray has said he will put forward his own proposal.

Corporate interests — which include the Seattle Times editorial board — are working hard to exempt certain workers from getting the higher minimum wage, including those who earn tips and other benefits their employers would like to count toward their minimum wage obligation. So it’s more important than ever for proponents of the higher minimum wage to keep up the pressure for an acceptable proposal that benefits ALL workers in the Seattle community.

TAKE A STAND — The M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all union members and community supporters to attend a $15 for Seattle Coalition action this Wednesday, April 23 at City Hall, 600 4th Ave., to express to the mayor and city council members that our community supports a $15 minimum wage for ALL workers in Seattle.

Come dressed in your work clothes/uniforms to join a human chain around City Hall of workers’ messages. Participants will begin gathering at 4 p.m. on the 4th Ave. side of City Hall; a brief program is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and then participants will form a human chain to surround the entire block.

Event co-sponsors include Amalgamated Transit Union 847, Casa Latina, Graphic Communications Conference/Teamsters Local 767M, International Association of Machinists 751, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 77, International Union of Operating Engineers 609, Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council, Professional & Technical Employees 17, Office & Professional Employees International Union 8, Pride at Work, Puget Sound Sage, Seattle Education Association, Service Employees International Union 1199NW, Service Employees International Union 775, Service Employees International Union 925, Teamster 117, United Food & Commercial Workers 21, UNITE HERE 8, Washington CAN, and Working Washington.

For more information, email MLKCLC’s Dianne Gross or call her at 206-441-7102.

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