Tomorrow morning, Mayor Durkan will unveil another of her 2020 budget initiatives: increasing the tax on Uber and Lyft rides in the city. In combination with that, she will announce a proposal to institute a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers.
Currently under the Office of Labor Standards rules a business can get an exemption in order to pay disabled workers less that the city’s minimum wage (though not less than the state minimum wage). That’s about to change in Seattle.
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.
Here are some highlights (and lowlights) from this morning’s Council Briefing.
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.
Happy Friday! Get out there and enjoy Seafair weekend!
The Council’s ban on conversion therapy is still grabbing headlines.
Earlier this month, a UW research team released its first report from its city-funded longitudinal study on the impacts of Seattle’s increase to the minimum wage. This morning they presented their findings to the City Council.
Good morning! Kshama Sawant is making noise at the DNC in Philadelphia, but back here in Seattle it’s going to be a very busy week…
Even though other interesting things happened, there’s only one story in town this morning: the Council’s vote on the SODO Arena plan yesterday.
Seattle Times, The Stranger, KUOW, KING5, SeattleMet, KGW Portland, the Bellingham Herald, Reuters, SB Nation, La-Kabylie, Portland Business Journal, MyNorthwest, Arena Digest, Lucena Informacion, Crosscut, Curbed, Field of Schemes, Real GM Basketball, The Fourth Period, and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce all report on the Council’s vote to reject vacating part of Occidental Avenue for the proposed SODO Arena.
Believe it or not, something else of consequence happened in the same Council meeting: the Council voted to send the $290 million 2016 Housing Levy to the ballot in August. KUOW and Seattle Times report on the vote.