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Farmworkers entitled to minimum wage for some tasks, high court says

Washington Supreme Court says farmworkers have the right to minimum wage for tasks not related to picking.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

Silverwood Theme Park raises starting wage by $1 per hour

Silverwood Theme Park is raising its starting wage by $1 per hour this summer, to $9.75.


Minimum wage workers will get a pay raise in 2018

With the new year, a new hourly wage will be coming for Washington state’s minimum wage earners.


Second lawsuit says big detention center must pay minimum wage

A second lawsuit is challenging the failure of one of the nation’s largest private immigration jails to pay detainees minimum wage for the work they perform.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it …


Bucking minimum wage trend, St. Louis is lowering pay level

It’s not been a great couple of weeks for those advocating an increase in minimum wages. Late last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper based …


Flexibility more important than the ‘right’ wage

Under the just-passed state budget, the state Legislature offers a cost-of-living salary allowance for teachers in high-cost areas. A flexible minimum wage would operate under the same principle.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Seattle’s higher minimum wage is working just fine

Two years after Seattle began increasing its minimum wage, Seattle’s economy is as strong as ever.


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

A new study of Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law says it costs jobs, contrary to another new study released last week.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 6:34 p.m.

Study: Seattle minimum wage hasn’t cut jobs

Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has boosted pay for restaurant workers without costing jobs, a new study shows.


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Business groups drop challenge to Washington’s new minimum wage, family leave law

Business groups say they won’t appeal a court ruling that threw out their challenge to the state’s new minimum wage law.


Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders lead Democrats’ effort to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Proposals to split Washington, end capital punishment fail to survive critical deadline

Proposals to end the death penalty, split the state are among those that fell by the wayside Friday because of a legislative deadline.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 2:04 p.m.

Plans to lower Washington’s minimum wage could be difficult sell

Three proposals from Sen. Mike Baumgartner to lower the minimum wage for some workers face a difficult path to becoming law.


Shawn Vestal: Rising wages associated with healthier infants

Do bigger paychecks help produce bigger babies? Some recent research suggests they might. That was one of several interesting and unexpected results of a recent attempt to check on the …


Moscow group to support Idaho minimum wage increase

The League of Women Voters of Moscow will recommend that its statewide organization lobby Idaho legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage. Throughout the state, local leagues are discussing a …


Judge rejects $80M penalty in Wal-Mart truck drivers lawsuit

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to force Wal-Mart to pay $80 million in penalties in a lawsuit alleging the retail giant failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in …


$8.2 million settlement approved in SeaTac minimum wage case

A federal judge has approved an $8.2 million court settlement to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who said they were paid less than $15 per hour after the …


Job market heats up for fast-food workers

Lisa Aragon just couldn’t get the headhunter to take no for an answer. Five times in a month, she turned down enticements, including higher pay and four weeks of paid …


Sue Lani Madsen: Government regulations bedeviled small business even before minimum wage jump

Higher minimum wage is only the last straw in a pretty big haystack of challenges facing small business.


Employers say higher state minimum wage hard on child care, food service, nonprofits

Under the new law, Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $11.50 in 2018, $12 in 2019 and $13.50 in 2020. Workers younger than 16 years old can be paid 85 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Higher minimum wage will kill entry-level jobs and economic growth

Washington voters have spoken. We are on a path to pricing unskilled labor out of the job market and slowing economic growth in Washington.


Washington minimum wage to increase to $11 on New Year’s Day

Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour on Sunday, the first of a multistep increase approved by voters last month.


Sea-Tac workers hold solidarity protest for $15 minimum wage

About 100 workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport took part in a protest as part of nationwide demonstrations for a $15 minimum wage.


Dozens arrested during protests for higher minimum wages

Dozens of people were arrested Monday as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.


Some Spokane restaurants turning to flat service fees instead of tips

Some restaurants are charging service fees on customers’ bills in lieu of tips, in anticipation of a new federal law that prevents pooled tips and “tip-outs” to kitchen staff.


Spokane follows state trend on gun initiative, bucks it on minimum wage

Spokane voters supported new court orders to prevent gun violence but opposed a higher minimum wage.


Editorial: I-1433 ignores most of the state

Under Initiative 1433, the minimum wage in Metaline Falls, in depressed Pend Oreille County, will be higher than Portland’s by 2020. Proponents wish to take the state’s relatively high minimum …


Higher minimum wage in Washington could siphon off Kootenai County workers

A proposed increase in Washington’s minimum wage would widen the gap with starting wages in neighboring Idaho and may force businesses in Kootenai County to raise wages. If Washington voters …


With Initiative 1433, Washington voters could increase minimum wage to $13.50 and mandate paid sick leave

The effects of raising the minimum wage through I-1433 are hard to predict.