Seattle City Council considers $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE — A Seattle City Council committee on Thursday will continue deliberation on a proposal to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a phase-in of the wage increase over several years, with a slower process for small businesses.

The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase. Those providing health insurance will have four years to complete the move. Smaller organizations will be given seven years, including a consideration for tips and health-care costs over the first five years of the phase-in.

Business groups are pushing for changes to an agreement forged by business, labor and government officials. And labor organizations are not happy with the proposed changes including provisions for a training wage.

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