This Saturday, we were on hand for the launch of the Raise Up Washington campaign that will work to raise the minimum wage and ensure every Washington resident has sick and safe leave. In a time when many are struggling to make ends meet, this movement is vital for families to raise up out of poverty and help achieve economic justice. Now, envoys are on the street collecting signatures to put an initiative on the November ballot. 300,000 signatures are needed by July. If the measure passes, the minimum wage would climb to $13.50 over the course of four years.
Main Street Alliance of Washington leader and owner of Plum Restaurants, Makini Howell, has been a champion of the minimum wage movement. Her workers at Plum Restaurants are already making the $15 per hour minimum ahead of the city of Seattle mandate. She was interviewed on KIRO TV following the launch. Click the photo below to watch the story.
To read more about Raise Up Washington, including information on volunteering click here.