On April 1, 30,000 Seattle workers got a raise as the new minimum wage law went into effect. To enforce the new minimum wage and to protect against wage theft, workers need to have a union to represent them. I am proud to be a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789 and represent it as their delegate to the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council.
● The $15 minimum wage needs to be enforced. Fully fund the new Office of Labor Standards and strengthen penalties against wage theft.
● Support workers and the labor movement in bringing $15 to other cities and counties throughout Washington.
● Service-sector workers are increasingly facing back-to-back shifts, on-call schedules, and irregular work hours. We need “fair scheduling” legislation to end abusive practices like “clopening.”
● Support the efforts of all workers to unionize, including the low-paid service sector.