Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Mayor Murray issues Executive Order to raise $15 minimum wage for City employees
1/3/2014 12:00:00 AM
William Lemke (206) 684-7991
Mayor Murray issues Executive Order to raise $15 minimum wage for City employees
SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today will issue an Executive Order to all City of Seattle department heads to take steps to raise the minimum wage for all City employees to $15 per hour.
"We want to serve as a model to make Seattle a city where individuals and families are paid livable wages," said Mayor Ed Murray. "This is the first step in the bigger picture to make this the minimum wage citywide."
Personnel Director Susan Coskey and Budget Director Ben Noble will lead this effort with the help of human resources and labor relations representatives in the City. The budgetary implications of this new policy will be addressed in the initial stages of this directive. This change within the City will also be considered by Murray's recently convened Income Inequality Advisory Committee, which will deliver its recommendation in April for a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour.
"There are a limited number of regular positions in the City that are currently paid less than this rate," said Mayor Murray. "We expect this to be a smooth transition, but an important one in our overall efforts."
Coskey and Noble will include the City's union representatives in this effort to ensure their perspective and suggestions are included. The Mayor has set a timeline of April 2014 for this Executive Order to be implemented.