A new campaign is pushing for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle. ABC News reports on Aug. 19 that Seattle is considering the change, but it may not be approved. If the minimum wage is raised in the city, then it will be the highest in the nation.
There is a new push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour. Nick Hanauer claims this change will create an “elegant solution” for the city’s economic woes. On the other hand, others believe this will make businesses leave the city and cut jobs. There are also business owners who state they should be in control of the minimum instead of the government regulating wages. Tom Douglas points out he plans to raise the wages of restaurant cooks to $15 an hour on his own.
Seattle may not get a $15 minimum wage soon. Despite the city council’s statement that indicates it will look into the matter, there is no indication it will actually be approved. Meanwhile, fast food workers around the country plan to protest for a living wage on Aug. 29. Workers in eight cities plan to participate by walking out of Burger King, KFC, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast food chains.
The Washington Post points out the U.S. minimum wage is lower than other developed countries. The minimum is $16.88 in Australia, $12.09 in France and $11.18 in New Zealand. The Center for American Progress recommends a minimum wage of $10.07 in the United States.