In the same election in which a socialist won a seat on the Seattle City Council, voters in the nearby city of SeaTac also approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for some workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma airport. Even if a recount reverses the result, the election seems to place the Seattle area at the vanguard of a surge of progressive political success.
The corporate retail giant is threatening to pull out of plans to open several stores in Washington, D.C., if the city passes a higher minimum wage law that would boost the hourly income of lowly paid Walmart workers by nearly $5.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to live in a better world. That’s why he vetoed a law that would have raised the minimum wage for a measly few hundred or so working New Yorkers to at least $10 an hour.