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File #: 2014-0299    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/14/2014 In control: Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee
On agenda: Final action: 10/6/2014
Enactment date: 10/17/2014 Enactment #: 17909
Title: AN ORDINANCE addressing income inequality through a requirement that a living wage be paid to county employees and to the employees of certain county contractors; amending Ordinance 12014, Section 53, and K.C.C. 3.15.100 and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 3.
Sponsors: Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Larry Gossett
Attachments: 1. 17909.pdf, 2. 2014-0299 Attachment 2- Excerpts from KC Strategic Plan(7-15-14).pdf, 3. 2014-0299 Attachment 4- KCC 12.52.010 - Emergency defined(7-15-14).docx, 4. 2014-0299 Attachment 5- KCC 2.93.070 - Proprietary Purchases(7-15-14).docx, 5. 2014-0299 Staff report - Living Wage Ordinance(7-15-14).docx, 6. 2014-0299 Staff Report - Living Wage Ordinance - 2014-07-29.docx, 7. 2014-0299 Staff Report - Living Wage (09-02-14).docx, 8. 2014-0299 Staff Report - Living Wage Ordinance (2014-09-16).docx, 9. 2014-0299 Attachment 2 - Striking Amendment S1(9-16-14).docx, 10. 2014-0299 Attachment 3 - Redline showing changes from original ordinance(9-16-14).docx, 11. 2014-0299 Attachment 4 - Minimum wage chart(9-16-14).xlsx, 12. 2014-0299 Attachment 5 - KCC 12.52.010 - Emergency Defined(9-16-14).docx, 13. 2014-0299 Attachment 6 - KCC 2.93.070 - Proprietary Purchases(9-16-14).docx, 14. 2014-0299 CM Lambert's Amendment 1-re wage compression effects(9-16-14).docx, 15. 2014-0299 Revised staff report - Living Wage Ordinance 2014-09-16.docx, 16. Aendment package 10-6-14
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AN ORDINANCE addressing income inequality through a requirement that a living wage be paid to county employees and to the employees of certain county contractors; amending Ordinance 12014, Section 53, and K.C.C. 3.15.100 and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 3.
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STATEMENT OF FACTS:
1. This ordinance has its foundation in the King County Strategic Plan. One of the eight goals of the Strategic Plan is to "encourage a growing and diverse King County economy and vibrant, thriving and sustainable communities." The first listed objective toward achieving that goal is to "support a strong, diverse, and sustainable economy." One measure of progress toward achieving that goal is the "percent of jobs paying a living wage." Another Strategic Plan goal that would be advanced by the payment of a living wage is to "provide opportunities for all communities and individuals to realize their full potential." Finally, being paid a living wage is "fair and just," which is one of the guiding principles of the Strategic Plan.
2. According to The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Washington State 2011, a report prepared for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, the Washington state minimum wage is insufficient to meet the basic needs of working families. The current minimum wage for Washington state, which is $9.32 per hour as of July 2014, is less than the 2011 "self-sufficiency standard" for a single adult by between twelve percent and thirty-four percent, depending on the individual's specific location within King County.
3. According to a report published by the Alliance for a Just Society on May 2014, the 2012 living wage for a single adult in King County was $17.55 per hour. By that measure, the current state minimum wage is forty-seven percent less than what a living wage was two years ago.
4. According to the Economic Policy Institute, from 1948 to 1979 the real hourly compensation of nonsupervisory production workers in the priva...

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