September 15, 2014
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Bellevue latest target of $15 minimum wage protests



As Seattle and SeaTac businesses begin to adjust to their cities' rising minimum wage, the "15 Now" movement is spreading to other Washington cities.

Last week a group of union-led activists marched across the I-90 bridge and set up a protest in the middle of a downtown Bellevue intersection to call for Bellevue to boost its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Police arrested several of them for blocking traffic. The Seattle Times quotes a spokesman for independent franchises who calls the Bellevue protests a union-organizing tactic, not a grassroots worker movement.

Washington already has the nation's highest minimum wage, $9.32 per hour. It increases along with inflation each year.

AWB wants to hear your thoughts on the business community's response to discussions about the minimum wage. Contact Government Affairs Director Bob Battles or Vice President for Government Affairs Gary Chandler.



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