Friday, May 2, 2014

Today Tomorrow Yesterday

Yesterday marked May Day. I used to celebrate it by delivering anonymous flowers to my neighbors welcoming spring. It is also International Workers day which is now marked by having a riot versus a march. Well it starts out all innocent and then turns violent. Much like most relationships now on College Campuses apparently as we are coming to find out. But that is for another blog.

So on that note as Seattle once again descended into madness after the march decided to have a bonfire. I say what good march doesn't end without a BBQ.

As they say pictures tell a thousand words. And these phots tell many more.

I see that once again the misinformaton train and the largely inert Seattle population other than the "hundreds" of "activists" aka angry kids and some actual protestors caused the Seattle police to have to man up in their riot gear on the sole 80 degree day we have had in some time. I could see where getting pissed off would be appropriate. Man black on a hot day and armour must be sweaty. It made those 9 arrests all worthwhile!

But the best part was the fact that the Mayor came up with his 7 year plan to raise the minimum working wage to a living one. And apparently it was Historic. Yes intertia in this day and age is historic and typical of Seattle.

Let's ask Mayor Murray on how well he is doing on Police reform? Oh wait that is going as well as his minium wage plan, as in nowhere. Hey this is a man who in 17 years in State legislature has one success to his belt - same sex marriage. As he is gay and also rode the tide of that movement from the national one I can see why he was elected, he is pretty inert guy.

Yes let me see if I can do my math here. I was hired at $10/hour and after 7 years I will get $15. That works out to what .72 cents an hour every year! Let's hope the fed doesn't do anything to affect the inflation rate from rising above current present day rates as that .07 rise will I am sure stave that off.

Murray unveils $15 minimum wage plan: ‘Historic moment for Seattle’
Posted on May 1, 2014 | By Joel Connelly

Mayor Ed Murray delivered a major May Day victory for Seattle’s low-wage workers on Thursday, with a plan that will move big business and small business to a $15-an-hour minimum wage, over a sliding scale of three to seven years.

“In seven years, the minimum-wage worker in Seattle will earn $6,200 more than a minimum-wage worker elsewhere in Washington, assuming a 30-hour week,” Murray said. He described unveiling of the plan as an “historic moment for Seattle.”

The mayor, previously a 17-year legislator, brought his philosophy and coalition-building skills to the task, and succeeded in his quest for a “super majority” winning support from 21 of 24 members on the advisory committee he appointed in January.

A social gospel Catholic, Murray quoted Pope Francis on social justice and income inequality. He was followed shortly to the podium by ultra liberal Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata. Quoting the late radical organizer Saul Alinsky, and pledged: “I will work with colleagues to pass this proposal.”

“No industry, organization or class of employer is exempt,” said Murray. He described the plan as “middle out,” a phrase pioneered by Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer and author Eric Liu to describe the goal of boosting America’s beleaguered middle class.

Here is how hizzoner’s plan would work:

Large businesses, those with 500 or more employees, would get three years to move to a $15-an-hour minimum wage if they do not offer employees health care. The state’s current minimum wage, highest in America, is $9.32 an hour.

•Large businesses that do offer health insurance would bet an additional year, and be required to reach $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2018.
•Small businesses that offer such benefits as health care and tips would have five years, reaching the $15-an-hour wage on Jan. 1, 2019.
•Small businesses that pay only wages, a category that includes many immigrant-run family restaurants, would have seven years.
Twenty-one member of the mayor’s committee endorsed the plan. Of the three abstaining or dissenting members, Maud Daudon of the Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce is the most prominent out of government. Daudon abstained. Craig Dawson of Retail Lockbox voted no.

Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant also voted no. Sawant called for a much tighter timetable, with no benefits factored in and large employers required to pay $15-an-hour as of January 1, 2015.

“This proposal does not live up to the wishes of Seattle workers,” Sawant said in a briefing held after Murray’s news conference. She said the plan reflects “attempts of business to water down what the working people of Seattle want.”

In an interview, however, Sawant had both positive and negative comments. It is, she said, “really an historic day to be raising the minimum wage in a wealthy city.” But the time given large employers is raising Sawant’s hackles. “Big business does not need a phase in,” she said, citing McDonald’s as an example.”

Colleague Licata, co-author of the wordy 2011 resolution in which the City Council endorsed Occupy Seattle, said: “I’m not going off on my own.” The statement, plus labor endorsement’s of Murray’s plan, lessens chances of an initiative campaign on the left.

Sawant, however, said low income workers need the “safety net of an initiative” proposal as the City Council begins to take up Murray’s proposal.

The OneSeattle coalition, representing small and large business interests as well as nonprofits, has indicated it has no initiative plans, Murray said.

“We are now reviewing the Mayor’s proposal and we will determine how best to proceed with supporting a policy that works for Seattle: We look forward to participating in further dialogue,” OneSeattle said in a statement.

The dialogue will begun next Monday. The Selection Committee on the Minimum Wage and Income Equality of the Seattle City Council will receive an in-depth briefing on Murray’s proposal at 2:30 on May 5.

Sawant voiced hope that the committee will hold meetings at various hours of the day to allow workers to come when they get off shift. “This is not the time to pack our bags and go home, but to continue to build a movement that cannot be ignored,” she said.

Mayor Murray was able to marshal impressive support from the Emerald City’s labor and activist groups, more than 100 in total. His plan received received a prompt endorsement from such big unions as the Service Employees and United Food and Commercial Workers, activists of One America, the labor-backed Working Washington, the Seattle NAACP and El Centro de la Raza.

“The mayor listened to the small businesses who sought common ground because we know our economy is built from the bottom up, not the top down,” said Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale and a fixture at Democratic business gatherings.

Seattle is, said Mayor Murray, “showing how we as a city can lead the conversation” for the nation on income inequality and its solutions.

Leadership on income inequality is coming from the bottom up.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked consideration of President Obama’s proposal to raise the $7.25 an hour minimum wage to $10.10. The Washington State Legislature ignored Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to hike the state minimum wage.

Hawaii’s legislature enacted a $10.10 an hour minimum wage earlier this week. Alaska voters will decide in November whether to increase their state’s minimum wage from $7.75 to $8.75 next January, and $9.75 on January 1, 2016 — far short of what Murray is proposing for Seattle.

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