Minimum wage fight moves to Wash. city ballot
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - The latest flashpoint in the nation's debate over the minimum wage will happen on the ballot in a small suburb south of Seattle.
Residents of SeaTac, Wash., will decide on November 5 whether to give employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport a $15-an-hour minimum wage and sick days.
The vote follows summertime fast food worker rallies across the country that attempted to bring attention to their struggle to earn a living.
There have been seven other cities that have approved similar regulations for their nearby airports, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Seattle, it has gained attention in the city's mayoral election, with both candidates approving a rate hike.
The SeaTac proposal is backed by community groups and unions, while the opposition is being funded by corporation and industry groups.