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Community forums continue for min. wage/sick leave measure

UPDATED (Feb. 26, 2015) — More forums added in Tukwila and Vancouver! See the list below.

16-Min-Wage-WA-logo-web(Feb. 3, 2016) — Labor, faith, and community groups have come together in 2016 to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding paid sick and safe leave throughout the state. A ballot initiative Initiative 1433 has been filed to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year.

The Raise Up Washington campaign, formed to support the initiative, will launch an ambitious grassroots volunteer petition drive later this month to collect the roughly 250,000 valid signatures needed by early July to qualify the initiative for this fall’s ballot.

In recent weeks, community forums have been held to learn more about the effort and how to get involved, and the response has been tremendous. So more community forums have been scheduled, including TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m. in Everett. Union members and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend:

BELLEVUE — Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.

BELLINGHAM — Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Teamsters 231 Hall, 1700 N. State St.

TACOMA — Monday, Feb. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 “I” St.

EVERETT — Wednesday, March 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Everett Labor Temple, 2812 Lombard Ave.

VANCOUVER — Wednesday, March 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, in the Penguin Union Building (PUB) 258C

YAKIMA — Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Yakima Central Labor Council, 507 S. 3rd St.

TUKWILA — Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Foster Library, 4060 S 144th St.

OLYMPIA — Friday, March 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council, 906 Columbia St. SW, Suite #330

More minimum wage/sick leave community forums may be organized soon. Stay tuned for details.

If you have questions, please email April Sims, Field Mobilization Director for the Washington State Labor Council, or call her at 1-800-542-0904.

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