The Seattle City Council collectively approved a law that steadily increases the city’s minimum wages to $15, making it the highest in the country. The activists of Seattle observed a successful campaign to achieve this by summoning a national movement to shut down the opportunity and income gaps between the poor and rich.
Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist City Council, called on the Americans after the council assembly to choose more socialize and independent candidates, told the shove for a higher minimum pay is reaching across the country. Sawant stated – “Seattle may be a hippie city. We may wear socks with our sandals, but it’s also a city where different progressive groups can work together to bring about change. We need to continue to build an even more powerful movement.“
The new measure would come into effect from April 1, 2015 and it also incorporates the wage increase’s phase-in over many years with a slower development for small businesses. The strategy provides businesses with over 500 workers nationally a minimum of 3 years for phasing in the hike. Those giving health insurance will get 4 years for completing the step. Smaller companies would be provided 7 years.
Though a complete celebration with ice cream, cake, dance, and music was arranged for the measures of City Hall following the historic election, everyone was not happy with the results.
The International Franchise Association, which is a business group based in Washington, D.C. to represent franchise owners, told it is thinking of suing the city to cease the ordinance, which it referred to as a discriminatory and unfair strategy and a deliberate step to accomplish a political agenda at the cost of small business owners.
In a written report, Steve Caldeira, the president of the association debated that the 600 franchisees of the city should not be compelled to fast-track the renewed pay scale in 3 years in addition to giants like Amazon and Target. As an alternative, he said, the owners of the franchisees should be given 7 years for phasing in the higher pay like any other enterprise.
Few local businesses have stepped out supporting the step, but some restaurant owners still counter it, stating that it would compel them to scamper their expansion plans, reduce hiring, and maybe cut the hours of service.