A huge victory for Seattle Minimum Wage Earners as they see a significant increase in their paychecks beginning April Fools Day 2015. Despite their efforts, Seattle franchises were not able to win against minimum wage employees. U.S District Judge Richard Jones declined the franchises’ request to prevent measures on the minimum wage law. Effective today, April 1, 2015, minimum wage employees in Seattle will see their pay increase from $9.47 to $11 per hour.
The franchises were claiming that being required to raise wages at a faster pace than small businesses puts them at risk of going out of business. The judge rejected their argument, stating that no actual evidence exists of the alleged negative impact.
Approximately 19,000 workers in Seattle will be affected by the minimum wage increase. The plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2017 was approved last year. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees will have until 2021 to meet the $15 per hour requirement.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was in support of the ruling, claiming a large victory for fast food workers who have been consistently pushing for higher wages.
Despite this ruling, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has vowed to continue fighting for their franchises that will be affected by the wage increase. They called the judge’s decision a “disappointment.”
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