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Initiative 1433: minimum wage and labor rules

Election Results

Option Votes Pct
Yes 1,648,938 57.66%
No 1,210,699 42.34%

* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.

About The Measure

Initiative 1433 would boost the state’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020 and also require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave.

If passed, the minimum wage would rise to $11 an hour in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12 in 2019 and $13.50 in 2020. After that, the minimum wage would increase by the rate of inflation.

I-1433 also requires most businesses to provide workers with paid sick leave after 90 days of employment.

An employee would get at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Sick leave could also be used to take care of a sick family member.

Opponents say the significant boost to the minimum wage would hurt businesses that rely on low-wage workers. Those businesses would be forced to cut employees, they say, and might even close, making jobs harder to find, especially for younger people.

Supporters say that people who work full time should not have to live in poverty, as they likely are if earning minimum wage. They say that businesses end up benefitting by the boost in wages because consumers have more money to spend. They also argue that people should not be at risk of losing a job or going without pay for being sick.

Complete Coverage

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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 percent of the adult minimum wage, which is $9.35 per hour this year.

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

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

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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 wage and boost it even more, from Sammamish to St. John to Sunnyside. In addition, the initiative would require every employer to provide sick leave (at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked).

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.

Initiative 1433: Pro: Wage increase means more customers for businesses

I opened my coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Spokane almost two years ago. From the beginning, I knew that the most important assets of my businesses are my employees. Caring for their well-being and treating them with respect have been the best decisions I have made. As a result, they love their jobs, take great care of my businesses and continue to contribute beyond my expectations.

Initiative 1433: Con: Heed warnings on Seattle wage hike before changing law

This fall, voters will decide whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $13.50, and if employers should provide paid sick leave for every worker. Before casting their ballot on Initiative 1433, voters should heed the warning of the University of Washington researchers who have studied the impact of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law.

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Seattle’s minimum wage hike may have increased wages but reduced hours for workers, UW study concludes.

UW study: Seattle’s higher minimum wage impact mixed

Seattle’s higher minimum wage led to higher wages but a drop in hours for low-wage workers, University of Washington study concludes.

Washington voters get minimum wage initiative

I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.

Minimum wage initiative makes November ballot

Initiative 1433, which would raise the minimum wage and require many companies to offer sick leave, qualified for the general election ballot.

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Minimum wage increase supporters turn in signatures

Supporters of raising Washington state’s minimum wage have turned in more than 360,000 signatures in support of a ballot measure that seeks to incrementally increase the state’s rate over the next four years to $13.50 an hour.