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SeaTac Minimum Wage Recount Sought After 77-Vote Win

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 11:01 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Voters in SeaTac, a small city just south of Seattle, may have approved a minimum wage hike at the polls earlier this month, but workers won't see $15 an hour just yet now that a business group has requested a ballot recount.

Newly certified election results revealed Tuesday that the provision proposing a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac passed by 77 votes, the New York Times reported.

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"We are not waiting for Congress or corporations to address the fact that people who work hard at their jobs still need public assistance," Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the Yes for SeaTac initiative campaign supporting the higher wages, told reporters.

But Common Sense SeaTac, an interest group baked by local businesses, opposed the increase and requested a hand recount of the 6,000 ballots Tuesday.

"When an election is this close, everyone should be assured the outcome is as certain as possible," Common Sense SeaTac co-chairman Scott Ostrander said in a statement.

Washington currently boasts the nation's highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, according to the Times. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

The SeaTac proposal is also facing legal pushback. Alaska Air Group Inc., which owns an airline that operates out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, is challenging the measure and arguing that city initiatives shouldn't be applied to the airport because it's run by the Port of Seattle.

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The SeaTac law would also allow tipped workers to keep all their gratuities and it would give employees the opportunity to accrue paid sick time.

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