After several hearings in which the Council members took input from both hotel employees and employers, this week Council members Mosqueda and Gonzalez are officially introducing a modified version of Initiative 124 to run through the Council’s legislative process. Their version attempts both to circumvent the issues that led to legal challenges to I-124, as well as to fix some of the most problematic aspects of the voter initiative.
Last week, the ERISA Industry Committee (aka ERIC) filed a new legal challenge to a section of Initiative 124, which provides protections to hotel workers.
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.
In their last full meeting before their August recess, the City Council will tackle several important matters.
The City Council voted 8-0 this afternoon to send Initiative 124 to the November ballot. The initiative enacts several important protections for hotel employees.
Initiative 124, which provides several kinds of protections for Seattle hotel workers, has been certified by the City Clerk that it has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Getting it from here to there, however, sent the Council off into a cloud of confusion today.