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Initiative Measure No. 1

City of Tukwila Initiative Measure No. 1 concerns labor standards for certain employees.

This Ordinance requires certain employers, as defined by the ordinance, to pay employees an hourly minimum wage comparable to equivalent employees in the city of SeaTac and adjusted annually for inflation. Tips and qualifying service charges shall be retained by employees and may not count toward the hourly minimum wage. Additionally, covered employers must offer additional hours of work to existing employees before hiring new employees or subcontractors.

Should this Ordinance be enacted into law?



This measure, proposed by initiative petition by the people, adds a new chapter to the Tukwila Municipal Code requiring certain employers, including but not limited to hotels, restaurants, and other commercial employers operating within the City, to: pay covered employees an hourly minimum wage comparable to equivalent employees in the city of SeaTac adjusted by the annual rate of inflation as determined by the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Area CPI-W; pay all tips, gratuities, and service charges to covered employees; offer employment to qualified covered employees and part-time employees before hiring additional employees or subcontractors; and prohibits covered employer retaliation against a covered employee exercising their rights under the code.


“Covered employer” means an employer that either (1) employs at least 15 employees regardless of where those employees are employed, or (2) has annual gross revenue over $2 million. “Employee” is defined as set forth in RCW 49.46.010.


Anyone that suffers a financial injury based on violation of this chapter may bring a civil action in court against the employer. The statute of limitations for any enforcement action shall be five years. Employers are required to allow City representatives access to work sites and relevant records to monitor compliance with this chapter. Complaints related to this chapter can be presented to the City Attorney for investigation and legal action, if deemed appropriate. The City’s Finance Director is authorized to deny, suspend, or revoke any license issued under the chapter for violations.


For additional questions regarding this initiative, contact: City Clerk, Christy O’Flaherty,


Tukwila is one of the largest job centers in Washington, but wages aren’t keeping up with rising costs, from gas to food to rent. A full-time worker needs to earn over $30/hour to comfortably afford a modest one-bedroom apartment in our city. People who work in Tukwila should be able to afford to live here.


Tukwila’s minimum wage will increase to approximately match neighboring cities SeaTac and Seattle, where minimum wages this year are $17.54 and $17.27. Thousands of underpaid workers at corporate chains around Southcenter Mall will get a raise. Wages for workers earning above the minimum will also increase as employers seek to retain their skills and experience.


Living wages build strong communities, and we all benefit. When more people have more money, that means more customers for local businesses. Families can better afford necessities like child care and health care. They’re less likely to miss rent payments and become homeless. No one who works full time should have to live in poverty. 


Corporations that pay poverty wages are indirectly subsidized by the rest of us who are paying taxes for food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance, and welfare and support charities. Women, immigrants and people of color are most likely to benefit directly from a minimum wage increase


During the pandemic, our neighbors who stayed on the job working for low wages in grocery, retail and food service were deemed 'essential.' Simply saying 'thank you' rings hollow if we can’t ensure they earn a living wage.


This initiative is supported by a broad coalition of community organizations, labor unions, local businesses, elected officials, and Tukwila residents and workers. Join us by voting Yes!

Submitted by: Jessica Bonebright, Miguel Maestas, Gabriela Quintana,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 35A.11.100 and 35.17.240)

For questions about this measure, contact: Christy O'Flaherty, City Clerk, (206) 433-1855,

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