socialist city council member kshama sawant immediately affects seattle

THREE DAYS ON THE JOB and Seattle's new mayor Ed Mur­ray, an­nounced plans to raise the min­i­mum wage for city work­ers: "To­day I will is­sue an ex­ec­u­tive or­der di­rect­ing my de­part­ment heads to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive strat­egy to im­ple­ment­ing a $15 min­i­mum wage in the City of Seat­tle for city em­ploy­ees.”

So­cial­ist City Coun­cil mem­ber Kshama Sawant rode the min­i­mum wage is­sue to vic­tory in Seat­tle. "My com­mit­ment is un­wa­ver­ing and un­shak­able on get­ting $15 an hour and mak­ing progress on mak­ing Seat­tle an af­ford­able city."

Get­ting a $15/hr min­i­mum wage for all of Seat­tle is go­ing to take longer, but it is go­ing to hap­pen or be put to the vot­ers. A bal­lot mea­sure is pos­si­ble be­cause Sawant says she'll start gath­er­ing sig­na­tures if city lead­ers don't quickly pass a $15 per hour min­i­mum wage.

Supporter of the working class

The state­ments above are from an ar­ti­cle ti­tled "It Be­gins: Seat­tle Mayor Will Is­sue Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der to Raise City Work­ers' Min­inum Wage to $15/hr" on the Daily Kos web­site (Jan­u­ary 3, 2014). And yes, the Kos did mis­spell "min­i­mum."

For read­ers out­side of the Pa­cific North­west area, $15 per hour (ap­prox­i­mately $30,000 per year) may seem gen­er­ous. Ac­tu­ally, it should rightly be con­sid­ered an "al­most liv­ing wage," as the cost of liv­ing in this area is high and the av­er­age pay low.

Of course, this is rel­a­tive: that kind of money in my home­town of Wilkes-Barre, Penn­syl­va­nia, would go a long way to pro­vid­ing an in­di­vid­ual with a rea­son­ably com­fort­able lifestyle. A cou­ple mak­ing $30,000 each back there could eas­ily to buy a nice piece of prop­erty with a good sized house on it. Here, a cou­ple mak­ing that can af­ford a nice apart­ment . . .

Need­less to say, I have noth­ing but re­spect for Mayor Mur­ray for step­ping up to the plate so quickly. But it was Kshama Sawant who came out of nowhere to beat all op­po­nents (De­mo­c­rat and Re­pub­li­can) to win her seat who has been the mover and shaker.

She has been an in­de­fati­ga­ble sup­porter of work­ing class cit­i­zens and fam­i­lies. Hope­fully, she will be around a long time to im­ple­ment or in­sti­gate pos­i­tive so­cial and eco­nomic re­form in Seat­tle . . .




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