A Living Wage is a Fundamental Right. A Regular Schedule is Essential for Quality of Life.

On Wages, Nathaniel Jones says, “As mayor of Olympia, I will do everything in my power to make Olympia’s minimum wage $15.00 by January 1, 2021. For all workers, period.” If this can be done statewide, by working with other Washington cities in the 2020 legislative session, great. If it can be done by partnering in a county-wide approach, outstanding. But if Olympia must go alone, then Jones will introduce legislation to raise the local minimum wage to $15.00 by January 1, 2021.

Across the country, 28 million workers are working for a minimum wage. About 25% of them are teens. Most are women. And nearly 30% of them are raising a family. Because of the negative impact of low wages on the local economy, 46 local governments have implemented minimum wage laws. Extensive analysis has shown that higher minimum wages do not reduce employment.  This is the case in Seattle and Tacoma, and across the United States.

In Olympia, many jobs are part-time. To make ends meet, workers take on more than one job. Many employers are fantastic and accommodating, making schedules work for employees and for business. Other employers, however, offer short notice on shift changes- this makes working a second job nearly impossible. This is harmful to workers, to productivity, and to families. It must stop. “I will join with others to lobby the legislature in 2020,” says Jones, “Pushing to enact predictive scheduling Statewide. If we do not succeed, I will introduce legislation to be adopted locally.” Our workers deserve better.

“With a commitment to predictive schedules and a $15 an hour baseline, we go a long way toward supporting our economy’s most precious resource, our workers,” says Jones. “We must move forward to address economic insecurity now.”