Victory declared in $15 minimum wage vote; recount requested

Victory declared in $15 minimum wage vote; recount requested

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Victory declared in $15 minimum wage vote; recount requested

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 8:35 PM

Victory was declared Tuesday by supporters of SeaTac's minimum wage increase.

King County certified the results of prop. 1. It won by 77 votes. The initiative requires a $15 minimum wage and some paid sick days for about 6,500 workers at Seattle-Tacoma International airport and related businesses.

At the airport arrivals hall on Tuesday, state, local, and union leaders celebrated their narrow win, including several airport workers who say their pay raise will help provide for their families.  

" It's be a great feeling to be a proud father struggling and to be a proud father not struggling? It's just an amazing great feeling now," said Joshua Vina, Menzies employee

"We are not naive about challenges that come ahead but at the end of the day we are absolutely confident working people and voters here will prevail,” said David Rolf, Seiu 775 NW President

But Common Sense SeaTac announced it will request a recount from King County. Election rules say a group may request a recount if costs are covered.

Alaska Airlines and others have filed a lawsuit in county court challenging the initiative.

 

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