This afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order directing the rollout of body-worn cameras on all Seattle Police Department officers.
Last week, a team of Berkeley researchers published a study on the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage on the food service industry up through March of 2016, that concluded that wages had indeed gone up, and there was no sign that employment had gone down in response. Yesterday, a team of researchers at UW published a similar study, looking at data through September of 2016, concluding that employment had gone significantly down.
The City Council will get a briefing Monday morning on a new study by researchers at U.C. Berkeley on the effects on the local food services industry of Seattle’s phasing-in of a $15 minimum wage.
Last week, King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick ruled on the lawsuit filed against the City of Seattle over Initiative 124, passed by the voters last November, which provided health and safety protections to hotel workers. through a number of measures.
Today Judge Robert Lasnik granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against the City of Seattle over its ordinance authorizing Uber and Lyft drivers to engage in collective bargaining. But it wasn’t all good news for the Chamber of Commerce and its member companies.
This morning, Council member Lorena Gonzalez launched an effort to secure a paid leave benefit for all employees in Seattle. But she’s not alone: the state legislature is currently working on the same issue.
A few items of note happened at the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings today.
After several months of work, the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has published a draft set of rules for implementing the secure scheduling ordinance passed by the Council last September. Tuesday morning, they briefed the City Council on the rulemaking process and what topics they felt the need to address in those rules.
It feels like just piling on at this point, but to add to the city’s legal troubles, yesterday a group of Uber drivers filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over the ordinance granting drivers the right to collective bargaining.