SeaTac Wage Proposition Remains Divided

The SeaTac living wage measure (Proposition 1) is hanging onto a small lead as of Monday. Currently, the measure holds a 46-vote lead, says Scott Ostrander, co-chair of Common Sense SeaTac, a political-action committee comprised of local businesses and residents in opposition of Proposition 1.

“It is really close. Right now, the votes are within one half of 1 percent, which in the state of Washington is within the margin of error of the machine counts,” says Ostrander. “It’s still too early to make a determination one way or the other.”

SeaTac Proposition 1 would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees in the hospitality and transportation industries in the city of SeaTac, Wash., including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Other proposed initiatives include more full-time work opportunities, paid sick and safe time and 100% of service charges or tips given to workers who performed the services.

There are still probably around 200 votes left to be counted or not factored into the mix yet, says Ostrander. Votes will continue to be counted until the King County Canvassing Board confirms results by Nov. 26.

By law, either side would need to request a recount within 48 hours of the election results being certified.

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