- Raise the minimum wage:
Year Projected w/ Current Law New Minimum Wage 2017 $9.55/hr $11.00/hr 2018 $9.77/hr $11.50/hr 2019 $10.02/hr $12.00/hr 2020 $10.28/hr $13.50/hr 2021 $10.56/hr $13.86/hr (projected)
- Require businesses to provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 40 worked.
- Require 40 hours of accrued sick leave to be rolled over every year.
- Prohibit employers from requiring employees to find their replacements for sick time taken.
- Prohibit discrimination against workers who use sick leave.
- Expand minimum wage law coverage to include some additional caregivers who provide DSHS services.
Washington state already has one of the higher minimum wages in the Unites States, and our minimum wage is already adjusted for inflation every year. However, that does not mean we have a living wage. Initiative 1433, on the ballot in November, aims to increase wages for the working poor by increasing our minimum wage and instituting a few other worker-friendly protections. I am sure there are some marginal businesses that this will hurt. If you are making a crappy product that is barely selling, having to pay people better wages may make your business not feasible. I’d rather protect people who are marginally making it than businesses that are marginally making it. So, unsurprisingly, I am in favor of Initiative 1433. The things it would do are: